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Michel De Caso theoretician of the concept 'Rectoversion'
Art by Michel De Caso

Discoverer and theoretician of 'Rectoversion'

Michel De Caso was born in 1956 in Toulouse (France). He is the discoverer and theoretician of the artistic concept 'Rectoversion', that he created and developed since 1991. 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 in 'Rectoversion'. 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 international 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 difference. '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 relationships were never pushed as far as in 'Rectoversion'.

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