25 . 05 — 30 . 07 . 2016 | GALERIE AGNÈS MONPLAISIR
25 . 05 — 12 . 06 . 2016 | PONT DES ARTS —PARIS
Grâce à Dieu | Solo Show & La passerelle enchantée | Installation Off-Site
As Malraux prophesied, “The 21st century will be religious or it will not be at all.”
The 20th century audaciously believed it would do away with the concept of God. Yet at the dawn of this 21st century, this concept has instead, paradoxically, become pervasive. What miracles and misfortunes have come about in the name of God. God the Savior, God the Merciful, God the Avenger.
As a demiurge, an artist is a shoddy creator. Artists ask questions, but do not, “praise be to God”, answer them. Helter-skelter, these sculptures exorcise these interrogations and amalgamations.
Hands and more hands that are continually being redrawn. Hands are the prosthesis of the soul. Creative hands, hands joined in prayer, predatory hands, hands held over hearts, loving hands, straying hands, wandering hands, hands in panties, crucified hands, the bound hands of martyrs.
If God exists by the grace of Man, we owe the entertainment of his gleeful imps, cast on the spot using the lost wax technique, to his mischievousness.
This interlacing of Kalashnikovs takes the shape of a crown of thorns, an instrument of torture and parody of power that has become the icon of the intellect whose persistence and modernity draws up closer to the announced eternity. This crown of thorns made of modern-day weapons plated in gold is an ex-voto conjuring up violence, a fatal ally of power and incomprehension.
These are the themes of this exhibition.
GALERIE AGNÈS MONPLAISIR
| PONT DES ARTS
© David Atlan
© David Atlan
GALERIE AGNÈS MONPLAISIR • 8 BIS RUE JACQUES CALLOT 75006 PARIS • T +33 (0)1 56 81 83 51