Constant’s Mind

by Robuche

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For Constant 1 0 1, the artist duo Robuche have produced a limited edition of silkscreen posters. The posters are an introspection into Constant’s mind in the form of a visual and musical journey. While using the powerful interdisciplinary aspects of Constant’s work, Robuche aims to develop a new narrative that is built from the artist’s legacy. As visual artists, Robuche also hopes to create new interpretations of what it meant for Constant (and what it means for Robuche) to dream in our time.

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The poster is a four colour Silkscreen print of 84,1 x 118,9 cm.
In the Silkscreen printing process the four colours are printed in different layers creating a unique texture, where the shapes of the coulours can be felt. The poster is printed in a limited edition of 50 and will be for sale in the Constant 101 webshop.

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Poster Robuche recto

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Poster Robuche verso

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Poster ROBUCHE

Robuche developed a catalogue of transcendental, visual and musical thoughts inspired by Constant’s oeuvre, archive and texts. In the form of a Silkscreen print poster, the catalogue provides a great potential for hybrid combinations of shapes. Robuche  immersed into Constant’s work and archive, where the experimentation, the diversity of his skills and curiosities are at the core of their new piece, where the back of the poster references the architecural drawing. Among the many references in the poster the use of the metallic colour is an important one. Constant used spray paint in his paintings for the first time in 1969 signalling a return to painting after an extensive period of model and construction building.

As a focal point the spectator’s eye is drawn to the title on the knife’s edge cutting into the Babylon tower cake. It reads Demain la poésie logera la vie (Tomorrow life will reside in poetry). This is a lecture Constant held at the Primo congresso mondiale degli artisti liberi (First World Congress of Free Artists), organized by Asger Jorn and Pinot Gallizio for Mouvement Internationale pour un Bauhaus Imaginiste contre un Bauhaus Imaginaire (M.I.B.I.), held in Alba in 1956.

Below the text is added in Dutch and English.

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Ode à l'Odéon, 1969

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Ode à l'Odéon, 1969

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Der blaue Draufgänger, 1969

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Der blaue Draufgänger, 1969

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Labyrintische ruimte, 1969

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Labyrintische ruimte, 1969

With the gathering of documents and materials from his home, Robuche was able to develop a new work that allows viewers to dig and explore into Constant’s past. Some elements are mixed with Robuche’s own language and therefore give a new understanding in the heterogeneity of Constant’s work. As for the importance of collaboration in this process, not only between Constant’s work and Robuche, but also between the two entities of the duo Robuche, the goal is to erase the individual and the ego. This echoes Constant’s generous and humble approach to the way he perceived art.

For the production of the silkscreen posters, Robuche contacted Lezards Graphiques, a highly skilled and prestigious print house from France. This print house was able to respond to all of Robuche’s technical needs. The use of industrial and handmade techniques done by Lezards Graphiques forms an excellent match with Robuche’s work ethics, and links the project even more intensively with Constant’s work.

This project is supported by:

Stichting Niemeijer Fonds