Dear Shaded Viewers,
“Representing the animal in contemporary art is to speak of savagery, of nothingness, of beauty, of otherness, of tenderness and of spirituality at human level.
It is a way of finding meaning in a world that no longer has any.
For this 18th Carte Blanche, Ghyslain Bertholon chose : an aquatint from the famous series of Caprices by Goya y Lucientes, from which the artist drew inspiration for his sculpture “Bon voyage Monsieur Goya”; a proud knight by Albrecht Dürer, passing his way in front of death; an engraving and a drawing by Odilon Redon; a landscape by the Dutch Master Rembrandt Van Rijn, whose View of Omval (1645) Ghyslain Bertholon re-enacts with two works entitled “Rezilientia d’après Rembrand”.
Five works from the gallery’s collection with which Ghyslain Bertholon dialogues with humour and freedom to tell his own story.
This exhibition is part of the official programme of
May of Adele from May 27 to May 30, 2021, and the weekend
Dare the Galleries on June 26 and 27, 2021.
Born in Lyon in 1972, lives and works in Saint-Etienne
DNSEP at the Saint-Etienne School of Fine Arts
His works have been included in numerous private collections throughout the world
“Ghyslain Bertholon’s art is committed. Political, philosophical, it generates thought. He probes the living, instinct, conscience, reason, questions the status of nature, of the animal and of man, the latter’s relationship of domination over his environment and over himself, and never ceases to fix, in sculptures, drawings, installations, through plastic shocks and caustic outbursts, in his titles and subtitles even (spoonerisms, puns, calambour), our contemporary vanities.
On the other side of their humour, his works raise some deep questions: Where are we going? What will we leave behind? How far can we twist and bend nature? Is our humanity disappearing?