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The protagonist Icarus, the Mannerism of the Renaissance and the symbol of sublime power Air Force One (the official plane of the President of the USA) are the main points in this work. The combination of pathos, beauty and unnatural movement of Italian Mannerists, is concealing some kind of aggression.

Is it why this “Superman” is directly flying down the earth ?

Here tackers are used as a material and a media, which are playing with the contemporary agression and the profane utility of the everyday life.

 

For a long time, engraving has been the only technique allowing the wide-spreading of images. Its history is a succession of technical developments and is also strongly characterized by the increasing use of images and thus, by the evolution of their function (lithography, photography, serigraphy), have gradually expanded the range and potential of expression in 20th century art .

 

What I find most interesting in Mannerist engraving, is the representation developed around mythological and religious themes and their potential echoes in today's super-heroes, bodybuilders... and the violence of "Male-Power cult “.

 

I then use some images by "worsening" the scale, the form or the context to produce an installation in the architecture by means of staples. The recurring theme in these paintings revolves around the collapse that resonates with staples. Here the staple is a material and a media that plays with contemporary aggression and daily life’s secular usefulness.

  

 

(inspired by Hendrik Goltzius by Cornelisz van Haarlem drawings,  second visual by Jan Harmensz. Muller, third from Hendrick Goltzius, Jan Harmensz, Cherubino Alberti ... who have themselves reproduced the work of Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem, Adrien de Vries/ Dürer serie and "Agony in the Garden solo show ")
Dürer).

 

 

Presentation:

On Wall, on wood panel

 

Elements:

35 000 staples (I)  70 000 (II)  450 000 (III)

 

Dimensions:

 

2,7x2,5m (I)

3x2,5m (II)

4x11m (III)

 

on wood panel

1,10x0,8m (IX)

1,10x0,8m (VIII)

1,10x0,8m (XI)

1,10x0,8m (X)

1,85x2,80m (IV)

1,10x0,8m (XVIII)

1,20x1m (XVI)

1,50x1,2 (XVII)

0,6x0,5m (XIX)

1,10x0,8 (XX)

1,10x0,8 (XXI)

2,3x2,1m (XV)

 

Realisation time:

75 hours (I), 130 h (II),  340h (III)

 

Date:

2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2011- 2012