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Philippe Hérard at Le Cabinet d’Amateur

October 7, 2014
Asja Nastasijevic is an Art Historian with the major in Modern Art. She's involved in art writing and criticism for several years now. Art is her passion and writing about it is both work and pleasure. Among modern art movements she loves Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, and POP ART and her favorite artists are Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. She fell in love with Street Art when she first saw ROA’s Sleepy Pigs in Brussels few years ago. Since then, she devotedly explores this form of artistic expression. She hates when someone asks her whether the street art is a real art. What makes any art a real art? Art is an evolutionary act with constant changes in its performance. In Asja’s opinion, the real art is what you want to hang on the walls of your living room, as simple as that. So she wants to hang the works of Ron English, Gaia and ROA above her TV cabinet or to place the artworks of Mark Jenkins and Isaac Cordal next to her sofa. She enjoys bowling and doodling.

Devoted to the task of translating the discomfort of modern man, Philippe Hérard paints characters who feel alienated from the world desperately seeking for their place in the same. His “Les Gugusses” as he calls them, are expressionless faces, anonymous and barely sketched characters caught in grotesque circumstances of modern times. Using paintbrushes and newspapers as his medium, Hérard creates his “sad to die” characters who symbolize the miserable human condition.

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Philippe Hérard

Seeking For Their Place

Philippe Hérard returns to Le Cabinet d’Amateur in November with the latest works entitled “Ardoises” (“Slates”) that will force you to think twice about the reality. Set on globes, composed of overlapping newspapers glued together and painted, some of the ” Gugusses” are hopelessly trying to find a balance on an unstable world map. Others sit on ladders staring at the sky. Are they dreaming about heaven like Jacob?  Their companions imprisoned in the building seem to dream of similar escapist ventures.

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Philippe Hérard

Today’s Society

Works of Philippe Hérard reflect profound loneliness and despair of today’s society. His highly conceptual work full of symbolism and metaphor chronicles the 21st century oppressive world from the perspective of an ordinary, invisible man. The works tell the story of isolation and absence of hope.

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Philippe Hérard

Urban Landscape

Hérard’s art is also in tune with reality through pictorial vocabulary. The urban landscape becomes a source of ideas, forms and color choices.  He uses the color palette of street milieu, ocher, brown, beige, and gray, to make his characters naturally fit into the environment. Often fading, the colors blend in with the background, indicating the obvious fragility and impersonality of his subjects. Performed on the street, the works themselves will eventually disintegrate and disappear and the very thought of it intimidates us even more.

Hérard’s profoundly disturbing art reflects the anxiety and discomfort of modern man in a way worthy of every attention. It’s a story about all of us. The exhibition opens on November 6 and will remain on view until November 21.

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Philippe Hérard

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