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Benoît Platéus

Benoît Platéus portrait in studio

Benoît Platéus (born 1972 in Liège, Belgium) investigates the spaces and relationships between mediums, exploring abstraction in form and content.

Working across diverse media and techniques, he fully embraces the creative possibilities of both analogue and digital technologies in order to wrestle with the question of the original. Found images or objects often serve as a starting point for his work, and the transformation of these images and their meanings become his focus — aging, sunbleaching, saturating, enlarging, painting over, somehow modifying. Yet in spite of these efforts, traces of the original always remain in the new reproduced image, and Platéus highlights the poetic qualities of these accidents and imperfections.

Platéus’s work has been exhibited at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Mu.ZEE, Ostend; Karma, New York; Almine Rech, London; Meessen De Clercq, Brussels; CentreWallonieBruxelles (CWB), Paris; Art Sonje Center, Seoul; Galerie Albert Baronian, Brussels; Annarumma Gallery, Naples; and Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Paris, among others. He is included in several museum collections around the world, including the Fond National d’Art Contemporain, France and the Musée d’Ixelles, Belgium. In 2019, he was the subject of a mid-career retrospective One Inch Off at the WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, which was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog and later traveled to Bonner Kunstverein in Germany. In 2023, Platéus had his second solo exhibition, Other Percolators (https://www.signsandsymbols.art/exhibitions/other-percolators), at signs and symbols in New York.

Benoît Platéus, Electric Flowers, 2022, Oil on linen canvas, 23.625 x 20.87 inches (60 x 53 cm). © Benoît Platéus. Courtesy of the artist and signs and symbols, New York.
Benoît Platéus, Hieroglyph Machine, 2022, Oil on cotton canvas, 51.25 x 61 inches (130 x 155 cm). © Benoît Platéus. Courtesy of the artist and signs and symbols, New York.
Benoît Platéus, Oysters and Tools, 2022, Oil on cotton canvas, 61 x 51.25 inches (155 x 130 cm). © Benoît Platéus. Courtesy of the artist and signs and symbols, New York.
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