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Rodolphe Barsikian’s digital art on display in the heart of Paris

“Vie Digitale,” Rodolphe Barsikian’s new solo exhibition at Galerie Joseph, is a graphic and avant-garde journey into the heart of a dematerialized matter, vibrant with emotion.

Draughtsman, inventor of plastic forms, relying on digital techniques such as the computer and the mouse or graphic design software, Rodolphe Barsikian is an artist of today. A fan of vector drawing, his abstract compositions, with controlled geometric forms, are marked by his fascination for disorder.

The two floors occupied by this first exhibition entirely devoted to the artist offer ample opportunity to admire his most recent large-scale works. From the entrance, the scenography, conceived with the collaboration of Paul Ardenne, invites one to immerse oneself in a true visual journey, beginning with a library of forms entitled “Sequences.” Bringing together paintings and sculptures, as well as three-dimensional, modular arrangements that can be likened to altarpieces with digital forms, the path plunges the visitor into a visual journey resonating with the artist’s emotions.

For Rodolphe Barsikian, there is no identifiable representation, no human body or history, no allegory, and no political or social message. Modern in his execution, the artist is driven by a desire for freedom that he transposes into the very universe of graphic design. Starting from the existing world, he gives it a plastic modulation and brings him a semantic all in chiseled line. The spectator finds themself in front of an abundant power of aesthetic invention. The language of Rodolphe Barsikian is that of a “partnership with the machine” seeking to use all the creative possibilities offered by technology. The line is at the center of his creations. His technique, which uses digital software, allows him to capture in the drawing, like a seismograph, each jolt that animates us, each sensation, each impulsive moment that moves us. Through his forms conceived as digital embroideries, the artist looks at an existence in movement, vibrating in a strong and compulsive way, tracing through his graphic heartbeats an existential path.

Faced with the health crisis, Rodolphe Barsikian recalls this Armenian saying: “Every man has in his heart a lion sleeping.” A creative resilience resonating in each of the works presented leads the viewer in a hypnotic dance…


“Vie Digitale” by Rodolphe Barsikian

Exhibition by appointment only during the period of confinement. Reserve a slot here.

Curator: Paul Ardenne

From March 18th to April 30th 2021

7, rue Froissart, Paris 3e