Created between 2013 and 2015, the five paintings are part of a very short period during which Guyton was particularly interested in the color black. Four of them were also designed from the same Photoshop file composed exclusively of black: the printed image competes with white, its reserve space. There is then established, within each canvas, an ambiguous relationship between figure and background and, more broadly, between the works and the wall which accommodates them. “I let the black paintings 'de-become' paintings, or express themselves more architecturally,” affirms the artist, entrusting the surrounding space with the task of circumscribing the limits of the works. The porosity of the borders creates a tension between abstraction and figuration which should therefore allow each painting to find its right form.