Baptiste Caccia delights in ephemeral and multiple layers of Abstraction
Baptiste Caccia (b.1988) is concentrated on artworks developed by the creative integration and processing of photographs. The art of reproduction and painterly additions on canvas –in inimitable abstract style– consist the foundations of his artistic practice. Caccia first draws attention to the values related to the art of photography. He examines the photographic material and then starts the repetitive process through reproduction, which renders an alternative outcome of perception and interpretation on canvas. The artist makes abstract compositions in which the surface of the canvas is the process of a long and repetitive work.
Here, the technique of silkscreen, which was widely used by Rauschenberg and Warhol, plays a significant role in the artist’s practice. The way the ink is spread around the screen is shaping the conditions of the image. Furthermore, the repetitions keep changing the resulting image so that a new body of work is constructed. The continuous deconstruction of the initial image through excessive erasure enables Caccia to experiment and to finally transform his artwork.
Caccia’s laboriously worked compositions are full of a poetic allure; something between an ethereal abstraction and the deliberate process of making. Illustrating a continuous engagement with the process as well as with the physicality of making his paintings –rather than a direct involvement with a pre-selected subject or image– the French artist seems to concentrate on the random instances while painting. This flexibility develops a strong of sense of freedom releasing the reproduction process. The quality of light and colour on canvas also reveals an unintentional pale colour palette with minimal tones and contrasts. For Caccia, his canvas is not a fixed, finite space; instead, it is a space that enables him to create a new space within space.
Born in France, Caccia lives and works in Paris. He studied at the Ecole Regionale des Beaux Arts in Rennes in 2008 and then at the Ecole National Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris where he graduated in 2013.
In his interview with ArtVerge, Caccia shares his approach on art issues and provides some interesting answers about his daily life in a distinctive straightforward style. And there is definitely a sense of humour in the air. Check it out!
Art Verge: Can you tell us about the process of making your work?
Baptiste Caccia: To be honest, I walk in the street and I take picture it could be a future painting after I think about how it could be a painting
How would you define your work in few words (ideally in 3 words)?
Photography, reproduction, and sense of humour.
Can you name any artists you, lately or generally, take inspiration from?