Gaston Bertin
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sometimes real
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Gaston Bertin was born in France, grew up in Spain and studied in the United States. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography from the Parsons School of Design in New York, and then undertook a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design as well as Studies in Industrial Design at the Istituto Europeo di Design In Milan, Italy. He exhibits his work internationally.

Recent solo exhibitions:
Artsider, Barcelona, Spain, October 2017
Galerie Numaga, Colombiers, Switzerland, July 2017
Kustera Projects, Brooklyn, New York, November 2016.

He participated in the contemporary Art Fairs: Arco, FIAC, Art Basel, Art Basel Miami, and Art Brussels with Gallery 1900*2000; and Paris Photo with the Galerie 1900*2000 and the Galerie Françoise Paviot.

His work is represented by Galerie 1900*2000 (Paris, France), Galerie Clémence Boisanté (Montpellier, France), Aeroplastics Contemporary (Brussels, Belgium).

- Revues: L'Oeil, Étapes (couverture), AD, Leica Fotografy International, PhotoTechnic, Harper's Bazar, Artes, Arts&Antiques, AroundPhotography, Curator, The British Journal of Photography.
- Livres: Un monde non-objectif en photographie (vols. 1 and 2), Galerie Thessa Herold, 2003 and 2006; Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus, Thames & Hudson, 2013.

Daimler Art Foundation, Swedish Arts Council, Musée d'Art de l'Université du Colorado, Musée d'Art de Sabadell (Barcelona), Institut Français de Barcelone.



Bertin's colorful abstractions are the result of shooting hand-made paper collages and a focus that has been blurred so as to erase the surface and materiality of the thing photographed. As New York critic Vince Aletti wrote in The Village Voice: "There is something both retro and futuristic about them, as if fallen from the wall of a science fiction comedy set of the '60s" .

The latest works by Gaston Bertin are photos-sculptures, assemblages of images that try to connect with each other but whose appearance remains staggered ... attempts of voluntary failures.

Along his "Photo Sculptures", pieces composed of over 100 photographic prints fill the main walls of the galleries from floor to ceiling to create a series of spirals reminiscent of Graffiti,Art, lines drawn with spray paint.
These pieces are made through a deliberate primitive use of the retouching software Photoshop. Here by abandoning the use of a camera, Bertin frees himself from becoming an hostage of his own dogmas.

Gaston Bertin's photographs do not transform reality into images, but transform images into reality.