— SUPER ROOM
BAPTISTE CACCIA

 

Super Dakota is delighted to present a new Super Room with a limited selection of small-scale paintings by Baptiste Caccia. In his new body of work, the artist expands his practice to the moving image. For his first experience with the process of appropriating a movie, he purposely chose “Silly Symphonies – The Skeleton Dance”, by Walt Disney Animation Studios from 1929.

 

The original movie was conceived as a joyful “danse macabre” in which four human skeletons dance and play music around a graveyard. The skeletons come out of the ground to celebrate their return to the world of living. 

Studio view

Using images from the film as the starting point for the series, Baptiste Caccia extracts various frames that he manipulates throughout his personal process of silk-screening; dissolving pigments, hand painting between layers of colour and mixing ink directly on the canvas. The gestures of “de-configuring and re-configuring” the original drawings resonate with the skeletons bodies that change form for their own amusement while no one is watching. 

These small scale paintings find their roots in the theoretical approach of the representation of an image while perpetuating the tradition of the celebration of life and death in Art History. Baptiste Caccia intentionally chose the Walt Disney aesthetic to reveal his own interpretation of the fragile state of being. 

BAPTISTE CACCIA
Le hibou, 2020
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 inch

Price: 2,500.00 EUR (excl. VAT)

Robert Rauschenberg, Scanning, 1963, SFMOMA, San Francisco

 

” I have always looked into the work of Polke, Manet and Rauschenberg as a trailblazers for my practice ” 

– Baptiste Caccia

BAPTISTE CACCIA
Les yeux, 2020
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 inch               

Price: 2,500.00 EUR (excl. VAT)

Still from a video of Baptiste Caccia in his studio

 ” I usually work in relation to an initial image, which qualities often remind me of existing paintings that are inscribed into Art History. I transform the image until it becomes something else. So I told myself: what is a film if not a sequence of several images? And If I work on each image separately, it will be as if the movie would transform into a moving painting. ” 

– Baptiste Caccia

BAPTISTE CACCIA
Laisse les danser, 2020
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
Diptych, each 40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 inch

Price: 4,500.00 EUR (excl. VAT)

BAPTISTE CACCIA
Les chats, 2020
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 inch

Price: 2,500.00 EUR (excl. VAT) 

Baptiste Caccia studio

BAPTISTE CACCIA
L’éclair, 2020
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 inch

Price: 2,500.00 EUR (excl. VAT)

 The image lays down the law of the painting diagram, and Baptiste Caccia is constantly decoding the essence of their relationship. The result is a surrealist body of work, subject to the nostalgia of a lost moment, a consolidated nature, which frees in the prism of the pictorial act.

BAPTISTE CACCIA
Le chien, 2020
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 inch

Price: 2,500.00 EUR (excl. VAT)

Installation view, Baptiste Caccia, Boulevard Magenta, 2019. Super Dakota, Brussels

 

 ” The images that I collect are, for the most part, disoriented by reality or through various manipulations. Once placed on the canvas, they belong to an unreal world, hallucinated, maybe even fantastic where figures and abstractions are combined. “           

– Baptiste Caccia