Camille Pouyfaucon Gallery is pleased to inaugurate the year 2024 with the exhibition Fragments, featuring the work of 5 artists, from February 1 to March 23. Eugénie Didier, Léa Toutain, Romain Bagouet, Lara Bloy and Gongmo Zhou all approach human and spatial representation in their own way, through fragmentary, sometimes isolated details that tell us something of our daily lives.
Léa Toutain is particularly interested in human activity. She questions the way we use our time and explores the significant activities of our daily lives, especially in constantly changing societies. Characters interweave through imprecisions, traces and gestures in real or imaginary landscapes. Spaces are strewn with human objects or plant elements observed during hikes or manual activities. Faces are partially erased, fleeting, with no frontal gaze. There's a distancing between observation and a gentle voyeurism. In this way, Léa Toutain's paintings navigate between the finished and the unfinished
In his practice, Gongmo Zhou explores the field of painting by questioning interfaces, a reflection deeply rooted in the omnipresent influence of screens and reflection phenomena. Having maintained links with his family through screens, he questions the notion of distance and physical absence, leading to a deep reflection on the reality of the image in the digital age and the distance that separates us from images. The artist focuses particularly on the connection between two spaces, using “reflection” as a means of observing the world. For Gongmo, painting acts as a screen, revealing figures reflected in some of his canvases that do not appear within the frame of the image. These figures are often out-of-focus or blurred. He uses the malleability of oil paint to explore the boundaries and spatial relationships between blur and sharpness, virtual and real, interior and exterior, within his works.
Eugénie Didier's works celebrate the beauty present in the simplicity of everyday life. Using images captured spontaneously with her smartphone, the artist adopts precise, tight framing, creating narratives through the detail of a scene. This choice allows us to glimpse just a fragment of the situation that caught her eye. The result is a universal dimension that emanates from these ordinary moments. The ultra-realistic quality of his paintings, combined with his meticulous execution, manages to transcend the initial banality, transforming these everyday moments into something fascinating.
Romain Bagouet has a singular way of looking at space, fascinated by the imposing architecture of large urban complexes, by the repetition of identical buildings and the volumes they create. In his artistic approach, he seeks to highlight the often overlooked details, almost insignificant to the naked eye, within these vast complexes. To do this, he uses his photographs as a starting point, reworking them pixel by pixel until he reveals an image fragment that he then transposes onto canvas. This artistic exploration is a meticulous quest for the visible world, a passionate search for those tiny details to which we rarely pay attention.
Lara Bloy creates her paintings using photographs as a starting point, which she outlines in Photoshop. This approach enables her to compose images, distort perspectives and create fictional spaces. Fragments of bodies in movement or frozen in space emerge from a pared-down, minimalist, geometric setting, adopting positions that are sometimes incongruous. Like sculptures that break free from their box, or an evocation of Japanese dance, her works offer the viewer a multitude of references to explore in order to detect this strangeness. Nurtured by the study of traditional painting techniques and the philosophy of 80s science-fiction works such as Ghost in the Shell, Lara Bloy questions the links between the body and inner states. Her artistic practice integrates the duality between the transformed digital image and the real body, exploring the coexistence of flesh and paint.