Olivier Nottellet - Hand's Speaking
French, b.1963
Hand's Speaking, 2008
Series of 14 drawings, Ink on paper, 19.5 x 25.5 inches

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Olivier Nottellet is known for his use of black and white imagery and the way in which foreground and background seem interchangeable. He concentrates on riddles and visual impact, and because of this, often forces his imagery to the edge of the piece. “Olivier Nottellet’s work is situated in the unclear oscillation between appearance and disappearance. The forms persist by their reminiscence beyond the visible. They sharpen the gaze without authority; they narrate a plot without conclusion nor episodes and drag in their wake a nostalgic collapse, an explosive melancholy: a phantom army that we follow with our eyes to the crossing of horizon, ever out of our reach.” (Claire Guezengar, Ecole NAtionale Superieure du Paysage de Versailles, 2008) Nottellet has lived and worked in Touluse since 2001 and is the Director of Studies at the School.