In 2014, as part of a special commission for the Centre-Val de Loire Region in France, Gabriel Orozco invested the
walls of the Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire.

He took photographs of fragments of the ruined and faded wallpapers of the castle, and then reproduced them
using a machine originally designed in the 1970s to produce large-scale advertising billboards, but soon obsolete
and a little bit like an archaic ink-jet printer. These paintings entitled Fleurs Fantômes are characterised by a search
for the traces left behind by humankind and time.
The works recapture the details and damage in this old wallpaper, restored by the artist using a slow but unique
process of spraying oil on canvas. The quavering images produced are a measure for the uneasiness that comes over
visitors, when confronted with the dialogue between the works themselves and the imperfect walls on display. In
this way, the artist brings to light marks and colours that previously escaped the eye, just as he reveals the feeling
that had been suspended in time in these rooms.

These works compound several supposedly incongruent elements to create fleeting and evanescent impressions.
Eroded, stained patches of colour are reminiscent on the one hand of Orozco's Color Travels Through
Flowers (1998), and on the other, perhaps more surprisingly and certainly more enigmatically, his graphites which
are, among other things, also dark containers for passing light impressions.

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