from Tuesday, October 20, 2015 to Saturday, November 28, 2015
Galerie XII Paris
The works that make up ‘The Secret’ are conceived as a theatre set, on which the stage curtain has just been drawn. Unreal and mysterious places are more evoked than actually represented; female characters, pensive, with immobile faces evolve in their interior world.
Through this new series, the artists invite the spectator to imagine and project themselves into invisibility: on the back of each photograph there is second hidden, intimate, carrying a secret. A ‘secret’ kept between the artist and the models and only unveiled to the collector’s eyes.
Clark and Pougnaud’s work shows, more than ever, a unique transversal approach: painting, scale models and photography. Their series is definitely contemporary, in the techniques they use, the choice of characters, the shades of colors and all of this with an acute sense of staging. Their approach is also deeply influenced by pictorial references of the 20th century: Edward Hopper, René Magritte and Surrealism.
If they had to be part of an artistic movement, it would be that of narrative figuration. However, in an epoch of immediacy, Clark and Pougnaud contradict this movement, by claiming slowness and scarcity.
Each piece is unique.