Sans son chien (Cadbury purple)
Silkscreen on Rivoli 300 gms, frame
50 × 70 cm (framed: 66,7 x 92 x 2,4 cm)
Edition of 100, signed and numbered
Eu 425 (excluding VAT and shipping)
Born in 1974, Vannes, France
Lives and works in Rennes, France
The work of an historian could be that of filling gaps, giving meaning to a suite of events from exhumed documentary sources and to construct, like a novelist, a plot in order tell us a story that really took place. The work of Yann Sérandour is similar to the work of that historian: using artefacts borrowed from his predecessors, potential accidents and chances, he leads investigations and indexes missing pieces, in order to prolong and cast doubt on histories.
The work of Yann Sérandour has often referred to conceptual art of the sixties and seventies, periods of particular interest to him because of their copious diffusion in the form of publications and prints – his material of predilection. In his recent work, he moves his attention to other fields and more distant times, strengthening a temporal gap with our contemporaneity.
The screen print Sans son chien (Cadbury purple) is a reproduction of a photograph of the etching Pierre-Alexandre Aveline printed around 1732, after L’Enseigne de Gersaint (The Shop Sign of Gersaint) that was painted by Jean Antoine Watteau in 1720. The screen print was reproduced at 1/1 scale on a sheet measuring 50 x 70 cm - the dimensions imposed by the Quality Prints collection published by Atelier Tchikebe in Marseille. The original image is cropped on the left and at the top. The colour originates from Cadbury packagings, a British brand known for its chocolate bars.