“I decided to create a whole new body of work using glitter because nobody has the nerve to paint with glitter glue.” — Edouard Duval-Carrié
Edouard Duval-Carrié moved to Miami in 1992, after studying at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and has since carved out a unique space within the Art Basel-boom. His work represents both the historical and contemporary contemplations of Caribbean people, their environment, their politics, and how all of these facets inevitably intertwine.
Imagined Landscapes is Duval-Carrié’s latest collection, and it is currently on display at the new Pérez Art Museum Miami. The exhibition features 11 large-scale paintings and two chandelier sculptures suspended from the ceiling, and according the artist, it is very much site-specific. “What finally dictated what would happen in this room was the scale of it,” he says. The consequential product is a massive aesthetically-nocturnal spectacle composed of shades of blue and purple, and may we not forget, lots and lots of glitter.
All sparkles aside, Duval-Carrié derives stylistic inspiration from 19th century landscapists Frederic Church and Martin Johnson Heade, but plays upon their obviously outdated imperialistic mentality – that this oppressed, suffocated, deteriorating, insect-infested tropical layer of hell is somehow instead a glittery Garden of Eden. (Enter the sparkles.)