Eespace Jacques Villegle, (Saint Gratien, France) is currently holding a retrospective of Gilbert Garcin‘s work. The French artist creates surreal collages / sculptures from paper, sand, string, rocks, pieces of a Meccano and other discarded objects which he then photographs. He almost always features a cut-out of himself in his black and white images – ‘confronting the meanings and absurdities of the human condition in stark, dream-like landscapes and situations’.
The melancholy of Garcin’s poetic ‘enactments’ never overwhelms. Instead, an optimistic humor is communicated throughout his series of allegorical works, a sense of playing in a psyche littered with fragments from the past.
Garcin himself has explained: ‘In seventy years one has gathered ten thousand souvenirs, one has a sort of attic in one’s head. Piled-up things, which end up suddenly re-emerging.’