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Vincent Gicquel Sans titre, 2018

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Vincent Gicquel

France Born in: 1974 Emerging artists

Vincent Gicquel's paintings are the work of a comic who hints at all that is ridiculous and horribly banal in the existence of man. It is a comico tragedy, a work of mockery. In these paintings, man becomes the only subject, the unique vestige roosting in the middle of a world where everything seems to have disappeared. There is neither landscape, nor setting and nothing in particular that we can cling to.

In this universe deprived of illusion, man labors engrossed in the solitude of his task, in an ambience of general indifference where glances never cross or meet. He clings to what seems to have become the unique reason for his existence, what he is making. The mechanical aspect of his gestures, his pantomime deprived of sense, make insignificant all which surrounds him. In fact, because there is no world from which one can produce an image, nor any certainty to which we can subscribe, the painting has to give up any descriptive ambition.

Vincent Gicquels paintings derive from an exploration of the contradictory aspects of the facts, the paradoxical aspects of each of our acts. For him our existence is formed by a most impalpable substance which is that of the questions which remain unanswered. The destabilizing aspect in the face of this is our desire to understand. In front of these paintings there is only one exit; to agree that everything shies away from our prehension, in which our search for a sense is irrevocably in vain.

The reasons for which these characters struggle, and the actions they execute are not of any great importance, what is important is that they do something. What is important is the effort they produce to survive. This is where humor becomes indispensable; the ability to laugh is all saving. One of the keys which allow us to approach these works is their comico-tragic structure. Vincent Gicquel's laughter is a revolt of the spirit against the absurd. Laughter derived from a philosophy of life "sub speciae ironiae". A mockery resulting from an awareness of the human condition. Everything is entertainment, a diversion from death. Each of these paintings becomes a point of incidence of a reflection; the faithful mirror of reality in which man reflects.

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