About Michel De Caso
creator of the Rectoversion® and founder
of the contemporary artistic movement
"rectoversion, from the year 10 to 10.000"
Michel De Caso was born in 1956 in Toulouse (France). He lived in Paris
and its area during a score of years, of 1980 to 2000. It is there that
he made his artistic formation. Since 2000, he lives in AUDE, near Carcassonne,
in Villeneuve-Les-Montreal. He is the discoverer and theoretician of the
artistic concept "Rectoversion", that he created and developed
The name "Rectoversion" is built on the words "recto"
(front) and "version". It is based on a French neologism which
literally means "rotation of the front side (recto)" and corresponds
to the visual artistic process that Michel De Caso followed to result
A "rectoversé" painting is painted on its two sides
which are first of all perforated right through. This artistic proposition
asks numerous artistic and philosophic questions totally connected to
our time. It notably calls into question the notion of the painting as
"opened window" stemming especially from the Renaissance. Some
artists take an interest in "Rectoversion" concept.
They group together recently around Michel De Caso into the movement "rectoversion, from the year 10 to 10.000". All artists of this
movement feel affinities with "Rectoversion" but each brings
it his own sensibility, creativity and differences."Rectoversion" does not function on the fusional and identity-based mode but opens towards
another multiple and contradictory sphere.
There were some rare double-sided paintings during the history of art
but the questioning of the front (recto), back (verso) and their reciprocal
relationship was never pushed as far as in "Rectoversion".
In the Aude region, the first exhibition of De Caso takes place in August
2001 in the "Maison Gibert" of Lézignan Corbières
while in April-May 2003, an exhibition of his "rectoversed" painting is presented in the romanesque abbey of Caunes-Minervois. It
is in parallel with this exhibition that he also gives a conference on
Rectoversion to the abbey Palate.
On September 20, 2003 in Carcassonne, with the artist Michel Olivier,
he realizes the first performance of a "rectoversed" painting
carried out in public by two painters. In September 2006, the two artists realize again a “rectoversed" painting at the Exhibition Contemporary Painting "Expressions de l’Art Actuel" ("House of Gascogne", Auch - guest of honor Michel De Caso).
by Alain Coudert, art critic
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- ART PRICE,
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- DICTIONNAIRE DROUOT-COTATION-LAROUSSE,
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