Youri Visser-Benazeraf

Painting

Biography and career

Youri Visser-Benazeraf

Youri Visser-Benazeraf lives and works in Paris since 1988.


The serie "Noble Materials" is a search towards the deconstruction of color and its connection with the canvas.


It involves bonding extremely simple materials such as rope, untransformed cotton cloth, and pure pigment.


At the border of conceptual art and strict minimalism, the finality of this serie is to reduce and divide into precise sequences all the movements in order to erase the superfluous agitation and "noise" that could harm the components of the work.


Youri assembles the frame, stretches the canvas and applies a mixture of a specifically created medium that doesn't grind the light of the pigment.
Finally, the rope, which is his trademark, allows him to make the connection between the painted surface and the canvas.


Thus, although this mean of expression is of great complexity - both in its conceptualization and in its realization, the only thing that remains visible to the observer is the composition of the work and its density.


More broadly, the conceptual work of Youri comes from the idea of ​​clumsy repair exercised with great mastery. This aims to give the work a depth and a density visible to the observer.