Collection: A Rebours - by Aurèce Vettier

6 pieces
  • A Rebours I
    A Rebours I
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  • A Rebours II
    A Rebours II
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  • A Rebours III
    A Rebours III
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  • A Rebours IV
    A Rebours IV
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  • Rebours V
    Rebours V
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  • A Rebours - The Whole Collection
    A Rebours - The Whole Collection
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When Aurèce Vettier started working on Potential Herbariums they gathered many images from existing herbariums worldwide, but also created their own, by collecting thousands of plants and flowers in the French mountains of Savoie. It was quite astonishing to see that the "imaginary plants" generated by their GANs, that they used as raw material, were almost following an anti-Darwinian path. Indeed, they found circular or cut stems, immense leaves with only fragile hooks, and more generally, vegetal forms that would not have been able to survive in our known nature. This discovery was quite frightening, as this looked like what plants would transform into, if they had chosen to give up on us, and silently leave our world.

 

The exclusive edition proposed for Cueva Gallery is called A Rebours as a tribute to the famous novel published in 1884 by Joris-Karl Huysmans. This literary landmark, which title is sometimes interestingly translated in English as "Against Nature", depicts the existence of Jean des Esseintes, an aristocratic aesthete living the "mal du siècle" and attempting to assemble the ideal library.


Using white oil pastel,  Aurèce Vettier accelerates the unavoidable end of an imaginary plant, and arbitrarily decomposes the vanishing process in five steps.


Each edition is unique as it is retouched in oil pastel, numbered, signed and framed in a natural oak box by the artist. This piece will never be edited again.