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Ménilmontant

Paris From 28 January to 17 March 2018

Galerie Laurent Godin

Galerie Laurent Godin

Paris - France

Presentation
We have occulted our doubts in front of reality even better that many technological artifices have made it possible to live in a world without asperity. A uniform world like the Google maps on which GPS localization blue arrows navigate without ever meeting any obstacles. However, a tiny manipulation is enough to derail the
mechanism of our habits and expose the complexity of the world again.
Submerged by the stimuli we receive tangled like a ball of thread, we have to re-engage our body in the action of looking. “All perception, and all action which presupposes it, in short, every human use of the body, is already primordial expression”, wrote Merleau-Ponty in Prose of the World. Both an open unit and an indivisible form, the body organizes the surrounding world as it perceives it.
Perceiving implies refusing and selecting. It means making choices. Pre-thinking choices that depend less on instrumental reason than the legacy of archaic survival reflexes, but that already point to a distinctive take on the world.
In the Ménilmontant series, Philippe Durand reintroduces the possibility of a polysemous perception of reality through working with double-exposure. Comprised of twelve prints made on the occasion of his solo show at Galerie Laurent Godin, the featured selection is the result of daily wanders in urban space between 2013 and 2014. In the East Paris where he lives, the artist intuitively collects fragments of reality, building up a repertoire of motifs. The recurring car lights and vegetables merge with other more punctual signs: industrial painting palimpsests, small graffitis, unclaimed architectural elements or undistinguishable waste.
For those who are familiar with the artist’s work, this enumeration brings in mind a vocabulary he already used in the 1990s to make up other sentences. Like the city portraits the artist used to draw resorting to the same undetermined visual signs, both eternal and contextual, anecdotal or intimate, he collected in Barcelona, Brussels, Odessa, Cahors, Los Angeles or Nice; or the survey of semi-urban, forest and cave interstitial spaces, which minuteness flirted with pictorialism. Despite these many locations, here juxtaposition disables all cartographic attempts and dissolves territories in random navigation.
Ménilmontant radicalizes the idea of a newfound drift. To the mere juxtaposition of pictures on a wall or a page, here Philippe Durand prefers the fusion and confusion of the silver film subtractive synthesis. As an illustration of the dialectic image dear to Walter Benjamin, heterogeneous elements and various temporalities are related and confronted within a same image- meaning a same time space.
This also gives us a clue to understanding the artist’s fascination for lenticular car lights, which, beyond their immediate visual interest, are a metaphor of the projection system that allows the photographic image to exist. The powerful lighting that prevents all shade or mystery then turns into a hypnagogic and almost-hallucinatory space, which, like any other corner of the daily space, comes to fascinate and frighten again when undergoing permanent metamorphosis. No more than other famous wanderers, Philippe Durand is not a painter of eternal and faraway objects.
Exoticism comes from the misalignment, the change of eye lens he prompts out of an insignificant “aided” subterfuge – as ready-mades are called. By doing so, he gives to each and everyone of us the ability to become actor spectator as well as interpret of his/her immediate environment again. Or, to quote Baudelaire in The Painter of modern life, to become “a kaleidoscope gifted with consciousness”.
Ingrid Luquet-Gad
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  • 36 bis Rue Eugène Oudiné
    75013, Paris
    France
    01 42 71 10 66

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    Tuesday

    closed - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Wednesday

    closed - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Thursday

    closed - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Friday

    closed - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Saturday

    closed - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Monday

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Philippe Durand, Ménilmontant #1, Photography

Philippe Durand

Ménilmontant #1, 2018
26.8 x 22.4 inch
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Philippe Durand, Ménilmontant #15, Photography

Philippe Durand

Ménilmontant #15, 2018
26.8 x 22.4 inch
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Philippe Durand, Ménilmontant #14, Photography

Philippe Durand

Ménilmontant #14, 2018
26.8 x 22.4 inch
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Philippe Durand, Ménilmontant #2, Photography

Philippe Durand

Ménilmontant #2, 2018
26.8 x 22.4 inch
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Philippe Durand, Ménilmontant #8, Photography

Philippe Durand

Ménilmontant #8, 2018
26.8 x 22.4 inch
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Philippe Durand, Ménilmontant #9, Photography

Philippe Durand

Ménilmontant #9, 2018
26.8 x 22.4 inch
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Philippe Durand, Ménilmontant #11, Photography

Philippe Durand

Ménilmontant #11, 2018
26.8 x 22.4 inch
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Philippe Durand, Ménilmontant #13, Photography

Philippe Durand

Ménilmontant #13, 2018
26.8 x 22.4 inch
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Philippe Durand, Ménilmontant #16, Photography

Philippe Durand

Ménilmontant #16, 2018
26.8 x 22.4 inch
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Philippe Durand, Ménilmontant #6, Photography

Philippe Durand

Ménilmontant #6, 2018
26.8 x 22.4 inch
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Philippe Durand, Ménilmontant #3, Photography

Philippe Durand

Ménilmontant #3, 2018
26.8 x 22.4 inch
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Philippe Durand, Ménilmontant #7, Photography

Philippe Durand

Ménilmontant #7, 2018
26.8 x 22.4 inch
Photography

$5,621

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