Since the beginning of the 1990s, Bertrand Lamarche develops a multiform work articulated around different objects or recurring movements and takes on an emotional and contemplative approach, as well as a more narrative or analytical structure.
Setting up a set of systems of amplifications, loops or abysses and modeling, the works of Bertrand Lamarche build a sensitive experience, dramatic or dizzying, by creating effects borrowing as much from optical phenomena as from artifices and processes specific to the history of cinema.
His work regularly invokes a set of motifs or figures such as meteorology, sound, ritornello, urbanism and industry, giant umbellifers, black holes or genre cinema. It is characterized by a form of autonomy and potentiality through the use of temporal and primitive machinery, staged in different scenarios, developed in pieces between architectural model, installation, performance or video.
The work exists in its own form of temporality, functioning as an elastic collage influenced by different visual or historical references, ranging from the spectre of Klossowski’s Baphomet, to the shadow of Josephine Baker, Jean Epstein, science fiction to the voice of Kate Bush, attentive to the movement of a phonograph, to the urban imagery of the thirty glorious years, the meteorology of Camille Flammarion or the skyline of the city of Nancy.
Nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2012, his work has been shown in numerous institutions including the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Fondation Pierre Bergé -Yves Saint Laurent (FR), Thread Waxing Space (NY), the Anthology Film Archives (NY), the Montreal Biennial (CA), the CCC of Tours, the FRAC Centre, Orléans, La Maréchalerie of Versaille (FR), the FRAC Îles de France (FR). In 2014, his work was presented by the Jérôme Poggi gallery for the India Art Fair, New Delhi. Authors such as Elizabeth Lebovici, Peggy Gale, François Piron, Ann Lou Vicente, Gill Gasparina, Michel Metayer, Antona Birnbaum, Anne Bonin, Pascal Pique, Ingrid Luquet-Gad or Nathalie Leleu have also written about his work.
His works are present in several public and private collections among which : Fonds national d’art contemporain, center Pompidou, MAC/VAL, Frac Centre, Les Abattoirs de Toulouse, Agnès b, etc.