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Jean-Marc Bustamante

Jean-Marc Bustamante
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Jean-Marc Bustamante

Jean-Marc Bustamante was born in Toulouse, France in 1952. He turned at a very early stage to photography. In 1975 he worked with the photographer and film-maker William Klein. In 1978, he produced Tableaux/Pictures of luminous landscapes, nameless places which seem dehumanized yet saturated in human traces, on the outskirts of cities. Between 1983 and 1987, keen to explore the links between object and image, he produced objects and installations with the visual artist Bernard Bazile, under the name BazileBustamante, with references to painting, architecture, and sculpture. In 1988 he reverted to working on his own producing two and three-dimensional compositions, with a vacant, unfinished look about them. In the Lights series (1987-1991), photos dating mainly from the 1930s- 1950s, discovered by Bustamante in books and art and architectural magazines, were re-photographed and printed as silkscreened enlargements on transparent Plexiglas, and affixed an inch or two from the wall, giving them the look of grayish stained glass windows.With his Panoramas, which he started to create in the late 1990s, Bustamante returned to the process of silk-screening a previously enlarged image on Plexiglas, but this time based on very impulsive, intimate, hot drawings that are photographed and in a way frozen or glazed in the Plexiglas. The Trophies series started in 2005 is a veritable work of strata; each sheet of monochrome Plexiglas is caught in a sheet of zinc-plated steel and placed behind this latter but in front of the wall. The drawing is cut out and fixed in the metal by blowtorch, keeping exactly the quivering of the line. Bustamante represented France at the Venice Biennale in 2003. He lives in Paris, where he is the director of the Advanced School of Fine Arts in Paris and he is now member of the Fine Arts Academy since last December.