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Dimensions: 62cm (H) x 90cm (W) x 1cm (D) / 24.4" (H) x 35.4" (W) x 0.4" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Revolution is a work that has matured for several years, and that undoubtedly reflects my desire to create meaning as much as a unique abstract form, and to create a link with it. We find in a way here the fusion of many of my previous works: work on the unconscious and in particular automatic writing; as escape from the sacrosanct precept of absolute rationality; the geometric rigor of the codes and rules imposed on us to better control us; a reminder of our primitive origins.
At the same time, I had been working for some time on the abstraction of words in Latin characters in the graffiti style, being one of the last revolutionary artistic movements. I then wanted to play this game by honoring my host culture, Taiwanese society. So I used traditional Chinese characters. This work appeared to me all the more interesting since the first Chinese characters originate in figurative drawings. They thus constituted a first abstractization which did not stop evolving until the simplification by the communist regime of Mao Zedong.
The first sinogram I chose could only be that of "revolution". Humanity has already entered a self-destructive Orwelian world and only, in my opinion, a revolution can still do anything about it. It was also about shaking up the artistic concepts present here in Taiwan, more specifically in Kaohsiung where I live; indeed, there still remains a conformism both in the subjects treated by art and in the way in which they are treated. And disturbing even the rigor of calligraphy was not to displease me.
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Hometown: LA VIEILLE LOYE
Based in: Kaohsiung
Born in France in 1979, Thomas Pourcelot returned to Taiwan in 2016 after three years spent in Riyadh. This stage in the Middle East can be added to the list of cities (Graz, Pointe-à-Pitre, Beijing, Seoul, and Kaohsiung) where he has lived during the last fifteen years. The artist often compares this itinerant mania to the "praise of flight" of Henri Laborit. Deconstructivism adapted to the real life, it is therefore a series of constructions, deconstructions and pragmatic regenerations which founded his life and career. Self-discovery, a quest for the meaning of his life, Thomas Pourcelot began painting as an escape from real life. Dichotomous personality and artist, torn between passion and reason, between conscious and unconscious desires, he asks himself how our choices are made as individuals and citizens, and tries to find a compromise between the two.
Inspired by modern art, contemporary art but also by primitive arts, his works have been gradually oriented towards "semi-automatism" and abstract expressionism. His studies have not led him to explore the arts or his techniques, he is a self-taught artist who relies more on his feelings than on the "culture of the spirit". Jean Jacques Rousseau said: "I have but one faithful guide on which I can depend: this is the chain of the sentiments by which the succession of my existence has been marked ... I cannot be deceived in what I have felt, nor in that which from sentiment I have done; and to relate this is the chief end of my present work... "
His approach here is largely empirical. Nothing is really premeditated. The canvas is built little by little, almost by itself, according to cravings, needs and accidents. The goal is neither to translate thoughts, emotions nor to convey a message, but rather a personal quest and an ontological approach. His personal experiences, his studies in the social and political sciences and his thoughts on the processes of artistic creation led him, in 2015, to plunge again into questions related to psychoanalysis, political philosophy or sociology. Who speaks in me? Where do I go as an individual or as a social being? How does collective thinking evolve? What is its impact on our individual systems of values? Is human nature a fixed reality or a cultural construction? These questions, largely abandoned by our materialistic societies and only taken up by religions, are, for the artist, at the very heart of the stakes of our humanity.
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