In the mid-1960s the Fluxus artist Dick Higgins coined the term “intermedia” to describe an approach to art making that lived “in-between” traditional genres. For him Duchamp’s work remained far more vital and interesting than say, Picasso’s, because it existed “between media” as he said, or “between sculpture and something else.” That gave it a nuance and tension that could never be fully resolved, and therefore it remained in constant motion—literally and figuratively—and thus timeless. For Higgins, that idea of an artwork that cannot resolve itself was the ideal for any artform, whether it was visual, literary, musical or architectural. “That’s the intermedial approach,” he wrote in 1966, “to emphasize the dialectic between the media.”
The LA-based, French born artist, Marc Fichou can be seen as an heir to Higgins’ intermedia artist. Over the past several years he has approached an array of gallery shows that rarely, if ever, repeated the same approach or methodology twice, but rather instead used the existing location as the inspiration to find a new dialectic for that particular space. If traditional forms appeared, whether painting, sculpture, photography, they generally served the dialectic and became hybrids of their own. Paul Young