The new work of the French artist Marc Desgrandchamps Stanbilder has been warmly welcomed in the Galerie EIGEN+ART in Berlin. Following the patterns and style used in previous paintings, Desgrandchaps has created both interesting and intriguing work. Although the exhibition consists of only a few paintings they are enough to capture the essence, the message and the sensations that the painter wants the viewer to feel.
An example of the Contemporary art, Desgranchaps’ efforts to create a dialogue about the concerns of the contextual frameworks of nature or the destruction of it, or even the world and the end of it are a distinguished success. His particular style is easily recognisable when looking at his paintings. The abstract is obvious as the scale of the motifs is slightly altered and also because of the use of the painting cues such as the marks left by touches of the dry brush. Also the cropped forms play a significant role in his work: some of them isolated and some others placed together to create a narrative story. Representation merges with the abstract in Desgrandchamps’ paintings, making those narratives even more powerful.
Looking at the paintings in totality, they resemble snapshots of certain moments that the artist wants to tell us about. He tries to capture and freeze the movement of actions that are taking place at that moment, allowing the viewer to imagine how what is reflected in the painting happened and what is going to occur afterwards. Needless to say, his intentions are an undoubted success.
The colours used by Desgranchaps hark back to his previous works but are also interesting to analyse at the actual exhibition. The contrast between dark and light colours is a cue for the message he is trying to give. Black figures and branches, blue skies and green mountains appear in almost all the paintings, together with the meaning they have attached.
The iconography of the motifs shown in the works of art exposed in Berlin is a majestic reflection of the balance between the reality and the fantasy. As I said before, the colours give a strong meaning to the paintings. Blue, which in general means balance and growth, is seen in the sky in a bright tone, when it comes to the painting of the town for example, but it gets darker when the main motif becomes a person. The same happens to the green, which means trust and peace. This shows the great impact the humanity is having in nature, making it dark and blurry. The colour black is used with the same aim.
The black ravens are also a good example of the suffering exposed. Take the painting of the little village with the beheaded horse and the ravens. Looking closely, a chain can be seen going down from the top to the bottom of the painting, right where the horses head was meant to be. Some red brushstrokes symbolising blood attract the attention of the viewer. It is there when the ravens take action, as they usually appear when something unfortunate happen. The painting can be interpreted as a scream of sorrow. How nature, not only the animals, is chained and that will drive us to death.
In conclusion, the exhibition shows a lively world at the edge of extinction due to the dominance of the human being. In fact, it is critique of the world we are living in; it shows the meeting place between both the real and the dream and imagination. A glorious interpretation of the world we live in.