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Charles Pétillon

Disruption, 2021

Photography : archival pigment print 23.6 x 33.1 x 0.4 inch


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Charles Pétillon, Disruption

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Charles Pétillon excels in what we might call the art of visual haiku. With the short Japanese poems, his creations share the same inclination toward capturing a moment, toward the concise evocation of the elusive nature of the world, and the same deceptive simplicity. His interventions in places devoid of human presence or in the great outdoors, of which his photographs constitute the record, are akin to poetic, enigmatic and neatly articulated statements. They seek to bring to consciousness incongruities, odd circumstances, paradoxes of our time. They make us aware of situations that we might tend to forget or to ignore. "These balloon invasions," says the artist, "are metaphors. Their purpose is to change our perspective on things that we encounter every day without paying attention." Born in 1973, Charles Pétillon is an artist known for his photographs and his large-scale in situ installations. His work is regularly shown in galleries around the world, as well as in museums such as the Maison de la Photographie in Lille, France. Often solicited for projects in the public space, he created in 2015 a monumental installation made up of more than 100,000 balloons at the Covent Garden in London.
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Danysz Gallery • Paris, France

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Dimensions cm inch
23.6 x 33.1 x 0.4 inch
White wood floater frame
Artwork dimensions including frame
26 x 35.4 x 2.4 inch
Numbered and limited to 5 copies
5 copies available
Work sold with an invoice from the gallery and a certificate of authenticity
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Charles Pétillon is a French photographer whose photographs of his iconic Invasions series represent different areas invaded by a cluster of inflatable white balloons, which appear like clouds, in a poetic staging. His work aims to make the public see the world around him with a different eye. White balloons bring to the childhood and the fragililty and restore emotion in these places.

In 2015 French artist Charles Pétillon presents his first public art installation in Covent Garden, in London, as 100,000 giant white balloons fill the grand interior of the 19th Century Market Building. Weaving its way through the building, Heartbeat stretches 54 metres in length and 12 metres in width, and incorporates gentle pulsating white light to symbolise the beating of a heart and reflect the history, energy and dynamism of the city.

Charles Pétillon said: "The balloon invasions I create are metaphors. Their goal is to change the way in which we see the things we live alongside each day without really noticing them. With Heartbeat I wanted to represent the Market Building as the beating heart of this area, connecting its past with the present day to allow visitors to re-examine its role at the heart of London's life".

Each balloon has its own dimensions and yet is part of a giant but fragile composition that creates a floating cloud above the energy of the market below. This fragility is represented by contrasting materials and also the whiteness of the balloons that move and pulse appearing as alive and vibrant as the area itself.

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