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Pierre-Emmanuel Chatiliez, Bug in the system 002

Pierre-Emmanuel Chatiliez Bug in the system 002, 2011

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Pierre-Emmanuel Chatiliez, Bug in the system 002
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    Galerie JPHT
    Paris - France

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    Print : Digital print on Dibond

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    Numbered and limited to 8 copies

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    8.3 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch

  • Framing

    Black aluminium frame

    • Tags
    • cinema

    • insects


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Pierre-Emmanuel Chatiliez

Pierre-Emmanuel Chatiliez


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Pierre-Emmanuel Chatiliez already has a brilliant career as an illustrator/storyboard artist behind him. Since the beginning of the 1990s, he has been producing storyboards for some of the greatest film directors in cinema: Alain Resnais for Les Herbes Folles, Mathieu Kassovitz for Assassin(s), Shawn Levy for The Pink Panther, Brett Ratner for Rush Hour 3 to name but a few. Working with these masters of the industry, he translates the script into a series of technical drawings that portray their artistic interpretations with the greatest possible exactitude. Pierre-Emmanuel Chatiliez would describe the storyboard as "somewhat comparable to the preparatory sketches used in painting and sculpture”, it is also the sketch for his concept of artistic creation. Today guaranteed a steady stream of international orders, included in the Cinémathèque française's drawing collection and exhibited as one of the great names in the genre in France, he is using this confirmed experience to begin an entirely new journey, that of his own artistic expression, in which he becomes a creator in the true sense of the word. The artistic experiment involves presenting shots with the greatest possible exactitude, image sequencing, in order to translate the movement which is unique to cinematographic language. He uses a computer, juxtaposing photographs taken beforehand in his studio. In the artist's words, "the image is used like a tube of paint, adding touches, or translucent layers similarly to glazing in oil painting or watercolour, in order to generate virtual images which, when printed and remounted on a metal sheet become very solid and very real." Composing his art in series, he begins his creative journey with "Paper Dolls". The idea for the series was born during a trip to the USA when he noticed that the shape of the dollar bill was exactly the same as that of the CinemaScope frame. He photographed, and then computer-enhanced, the image of a head from a shop window dummy with the famous banknote as the background. The woman's face looks like a model from the glossy pages of a woman's magazine, from the world of fashion and of ephemeral concerns where money is omnipresent and dominates absolutely. Thanks to a perfect command of computing tools and their software, he was able to produce an image with a perfect face, "polished" as it would be described in painting, and the background, the money, evanescent. The window dummy is like a film star, made glamorous by her flawless skin, her false eyelashes and her painted lips. She becomes part of the dollar, whose spirals extract a tear from her face in "Paper Doll 010" and whose complex anagrams, destined to protect the note from illegal forgery, adorn her head giving her a sphinx-like look in "Paper Doll 003". But the feminine image can also be a disconcerting one, trapped between the dollars or extricating herself in "Paper Doll 007", perhaps illustrating the influence on the artist of the title sequences created by Maurice Binder, a total of fourteen between 1962 and 1989, for the best known incarnation of these three numbers, James Bond. Chatiliez claims the ascendancy of these elders, just like he calls to mind American graphic designer Pablo Ferro. He also claims the ascendancy of his extremely talented contemporary Saul Bass with echoes of the burning car and the weightless characters from his title sequence for Casino also appearing in the series. In a shift from representation to fantasy, he embarks on the "BUGs in the system" series, translating the literal meaning of the word into insect images, which devour the infernal machine, the computer, in a concept which is familiar to us all, the computer bug which can attack with varying degrees of severity. For this series, Chatiliez creates semi-realistic, semi-science fiction creatures, which leap out from their background to threaten the observer. The creatures are placed on electrical components and in each image, one particular symbol is recurrent: the button that powers up and shuts down the computer, a reference to the gradual, relentless, shut down that will result from the destructive power of the insect. "These warriors lurking in the shadows"4 with their metallic colours appear to present a far greater threat to the observer than the electronic machine, particularly in "BUG 001". The symbol of modern life appears to have become their nest, they have settled permanently there, the shutdown is under way and the observer only is able to sense the danger of the imminent disruption. The terrifying thing about the images "BUG 005, 006 and 007" is their almost entire lack of resemblance to an existing living being. We see then that the insect that was going to devour the machine, the symptom of the most alarming of modern afflictions, the annihilation of what has become man's closest friend, his computer; this same insect eventually fuses with the computer to threaten the observer. The BUG is deeply rooted within the machine, it has established its headquarters there, it becomes the expression of the artist's concern with the great upheavals of our time. It is also a metaphysical question, that of the fear of the unknown. The series the artist is currently working on, "Money shot", continues this exploration into movement, attempting to recreate its effect as closely as possible by sequencing the scene within the same piece. In this series, the movement is a stiletto heel that glides through the ice or cracks it. In the series it is represented by a mirror, reminiscent of the artist's recent stay in Moscow, a city in which the omnipresent glamour and wealth had a marked effect on him. Starlets are reflected in the mirror; starlets whose high heels are their revered attribute. Such is the ease with which they seem able to walk perched ten or fifteen centimetres above the ice they appear to have been born wearing them. The series' title, "Money shot", is the relationship between money and artistic production which is rapidly becoming the disproportionate cost of this production. It is also, in the pornography industry, the shot that earns the male actor a financial bonus. It is the supreme domination of all that has monetary value and is superficial at a time where many are manifesting the need to move away from such a system. This series further explores the artist's preferred themes, his exploration of the concerns of today. Pierre-Emmanuel Chatiliez's choice to create his works in series clearly originates from his work as a storyboard artist, but it also breaks free from these codes to become original art. These references are undoubtedly the masters of graphic art and of film title sequencing as described above, but they also include pop art and its offbeat vision as it tackles contemporary issues and the use of advertising images in the first and third degrees. It is also the memory of the great masters of photography, the icy, disconcerting universe of Erwin Olaf, the extra-constructivist, futuristic inclinations of Rodchenko and so many others. His method is not limited to an exploration of movement, but it is the evolution of a symbol, of an idea which is the essence of his artistic direction.
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