Les Artistes

"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1934 in France. Lives and works in Reutlingen (Germany).

Bernard Aubertin’s artistic activity encompassed half a century: from an essential encounter with Yves Klein, to his joining of Nul Group in Amsterdam and Group Zero in Dusseldorf, from which he adopted monochrome expression as a way of breaking with tradition. His first red monochrome works are from the end of the 1950’s. Combustion and red color are the most peculiar trait of his art, symbols of continuous tension and burning. Throughout the 1960’s, Aubertin used fire in his works. He would began his performances with burning paintings, books and objects, thus giving the idea of the passing of time. He also developed the concept of "tableaux-clous" - a compositional tool - in which lines of hundreds nails are imbedded within the work. Currently, the artist continues to give performances of controlled fire.