Technicolor, 2012

Technicolor and Peaches were shown for the first time together with the paintingsof the Allo! series at David Zwirner London,in 2012. The source images for both works come from a 1913 advertising film that impressed Tuymans because of its blurriness and low color saturation. However, what is immediately striking is the peculiar way in which the artist played with whites. They produce an almost ghostly halo effect in the whole painting thatis reminiscent of the light cast by a cinema projector. This effect recalls the theories of Sigmund Freud, the Austrian neurologist who invented psychoanalysis. As he was traveling in train, Freud noticed as he was getting up an “obnoxious, unpleasant and even creepy” man standing in the corridor. In fact, it was his own reflection in his carriage’s glass door. The incident will become an illustration of the principle of unheimlich, which the philosopher Marie Bonaparte translated as “disturbing strangeness” and the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan as “extimacy”. This bunch of flowersthat we should perceive as close, familiar and intimate appears here as a strange still life, artificial and very disturbing.