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Cosmos LIII

$598
Prints
From a limited edition of 5
60 x 50 cm
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Technique
Digital Prints
Type
Limited edition of 5
Material
Paper
Dimensions
60 x 50 cm
Framing
Yes (62 x 52 cm)
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The COSMOS II series deals with the conquest of space. The works are combinations of images of various origins: images of NASA reworked in painting composing landscapes in which characters from 18th and 19th century painting are portrayed. The anachronistically portrayed characters sometimes evoke the gap between this ultra-technology and our everyday life, or they embody in a caricatured way the human madness driven by this need for domination and conquest or the dreams of speculation in the face of the immensity of the resources of the universe.

Aesthetic references to ancient painting suggest that the romantic vision of a benevolent and energy-consuming space adventure is now a thing of the past, at a time when ecological and energy concerns are our present and our future. This work depicts a peasant in a landscape that is both very earthy and cosmic. He seems to be vaguely observing, in passing, these technological elements (satellites or space station) standing out from a chaotic sky.

The dramatic intensity of the setting contrasts with the peaceful impression of the character passing through it in relative indifference. The work stages this discrepancy addressed in the series. Digital collage: photography and paintings.

Fine Art printing : pigment inks on Canson Baryta Prestige 340g paper, mounted under passe partout and black wood frame (white or natural on request). Framed dimensions 52.4 x 62.4 cm (image 46 x 39.5 cm) Print made by the artist Photographic source: NASA Character: after a painting by George Clausen (Bradford Museum and Galleries -Public Domain)

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Sébastien Grenier

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Saint Antonin Noble Val (82), France

44 works

The relationship with nature has been at the heart of Sébastien Grenier’s artistic work for more than fifteen years. His research leads him to apprehend the raw nature as a form of incarnate truth, plural, a set of forces. Experiencing the landscape, the elements that make it up, is preponderant and is part of an initiatory journey. All of his work is characterized by a certain attraction for origins, the primitive, but also reflects the impermanence of things, their constant mutations, the mysterious organization of chaos. The absence of human presence, familiar objects or architectural elements, the loss of reference points of scale, perspective or temporality lead to a total immersion and a direct reconnection, free from the prism of culture, to matter and living things. In this way, it testifies to a desire to restore nature to our sight, our memory, this intimate and collective memory, which underpins and connects us. Using painting, photography, mixed techniques, digital experiments, collages, Sébastien Grenier has developed a unique writing style. His work is also divided between immersion in the heart of nature and fitness in the workshop or darkroom. After more than forty years spent in the major cities of Paris, Nantes and Bordeaux, he opened his studio in 2013 in the small village of St Antonin Noble Val in the heart of the Aveyron gorges.

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