Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thierry Tillier

((( Utopia ,

The photocollages, collages and photographs of Thierry Tillier kept me ensorceled for quite some time this afternoon.

And I look forward to revisiting his online museum.

The artist often works in series; I particularly liked his one series of tondi.

The artist admits to drawing inspiration from Schwitters' Merz and the dadaists, in particular.

I found he left this enlivening comment situating his aesthetics (on another one of his artworks): "L’oeuvre se situe dans une filiation du dadaïsme et du futurisme italien ; en particulier, dans celle de Kurt Schwitters et de son "Ursonate". Isou et les lettristes (Maurice Lemaître, Gil J. Wolman), reprenant la charge iconoclaste des dadaïstes et des premiers surréalistes, veulent porter à son terme l’autodestruction des formes artistiques. L’art traditionnel est déclaré mort ; l’une des alternatives proposées est le détournement (par des collages réutilisant des éléments déjà existants pour de nouvelles créations). Les lettristes aspirent à dépasser la division entre artiste et spectateur, entre vie et art ; le monde est à démonter et à reconstruire sous le signe de la créativité généralisée."

I find it interesting that this "self-destruction of artistic forms carried to its ultimate limit" still tends to be productive of such eerie, disjunctive beauty.

But doubtless this is the endless urge to "reconstruct" to which the artist also alludes.

One marvels at the jarring sexual imagery present in these grieving figures, these tombstone effigies.

Is the reality of emotional coloration all in the angle of our vision? Our parallax?

The unmistakeable conflation of grief and Eros is here glossed with an image of luxurious pleasure.

Only fragments seem to be able to convey the whole truth.

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