Blexbolex, Flore Chemin, Camille Corot, Anne-Laure Draisey, Sophie Dutertre, Samuel Guille, Medi Holtrop
Sharon Kivland, Jeannie Lucas, Lucas Ribeyron, Stephanie Schilling, Caroline Sury, Jean-Guy Ubiergo, Felix Valloton, Willem, Y5/P5
Centre d’art Yvon Morin
20 Mai 2021 / 20 Octobre 2021
Exhibition ” Le noir, rencontres graphiques”, 19 artists, 19 different uses of black
This exhibition was the occasion for me to discover new horizons. As a matter of facts, I had recently worked exclusively on colour, and the subject was now black … Moreover this exhibition was a collective one, showing a majority of drawings and ink works, and I work on photography …
Came to me the idea of the border : what is the difference between a form of expression and an other ? Why this drawing moves me ? Why did I chose photography ? What would be the deep intrinsic value of a piece of art ? Why do we call a representation an artwork ?
What would be the aim of art except moving us …
The border is a recurrent subject these days. How could I create with it ?
I just tell you directly : I hate borders, I hate flags, I never managed to take part of the smallest group. All my life, I have been on the brinks, and I often wondered why there were so many partitioning, these ”us” and ”thems”, whereas most people look for the same simple things.
Reenforced by this observation, I knew there was a negotiable border between drawing and photography : the blackness of the ink. Thank you Jeannie !
Working on black
So my work was to make a way out for black in my photographs but keep some place for its opposite : the white in the paper.
Surprisingly, black-and-white photographs are very different from the original coloured ones, even if they were already close to black. Their inner characteristics are not the same, even if the tension and the construction are the same : in this rock we are looking for a starry sky, a labyrinth. A happy way out for our lives and in the other we are drawn by the immense cushy emptiness, we follow the line towards the unknown.
By the time I am writing those lines, I have not yet seen the silk-screen printing made by Frederic. I trust him completely and I know that ink dries quietly astride the two arts of drawing and photography.
Tank you Jean-Pierre for your commitment in this very particular bookshop called Le Regard Moderne. As soon as we get through its door, the disordered backs of books lead us instantly in world of knowledge, pleasures and emotions.
If I hate borders, I adore books …
Exhibition at the bookshop : Un Regard Moderne Paris 6°
Last series of photographs, dedicated to the West, the new world : terminal The Dune du Pilat, near Arcachon on the French Atlantic coast. A long Dune of soft and gentle sand moving under the wind. The Atlantic ocean on one side and a pine tree canopy looking like an other ocean on the other side.
Is it a junction, a delimitation, a defending wall against the assaults of the ocean, letting way a few meters every year ? No one knows.
Westward, stop in Wind City, the wind coming from the Lake Michigan, but also the winds of creation, fights, changes.
Heading Chicago, Phoenix city which knew how to pioneer, invent, reinvent and born again.
A city of thousand faces, which has been the city of mobs and prohibition, the realm of pure intentions which create so many harmful consequences. Chicago and the experiment of Modernity : construction sites, industriel and social, architecture, music and literature …” France Culture Papier, from prohibition to the futurist city.
Since the increasing power of nationalisms, the gloominess of our governments, the crises and trembles of humain thoughts, this new series wants to oppose light and pleasure to the darkness that invades our minds ! It was a yearning, a need to bring back to the front the richness of bright and transient colours. So my photographs, like paintings, show nature in the brightness of its suits.