THEY HAVE ALL BEEN REINCARNATED
Gérald Panighi and Philippe Jusforgues
Of course, when I first saw Gerald Panighi’s little vignettes invading an entire wall with a certain casualness as if they were nothing more than banal Post-It notes, my gaze wandered over this dizzying atomization. There is much to see and read in Gerald’s work. Immediately, but it’s certainly a bit silly, I told myself that he must have breathed a lot of Strange like many boys of his generation and maybe even fell in his childhood on traumatic issues of “Detective” in which the blows, in spite of the hyper-expressivity of the individuals drawn by Angelo Di Marco, don’t generate only onomatopoeias. At that distant time of his life, he may also have remained rather perplexed by Magritte’s “Ceci n’est pas une pipe”, such an attractive anti-tautology, after all… If the representation is not the real, the dissociation conjugated on the mode dear to the surrealists possesses a charm even more abstruse. Nothing is more enigmatically bewitching than this assumed dysfunction of the image. He was appreciated in Magritte’s work as he was venerated in the 80’s, in the more trivial world of illustration in Glenn Baxter’s… The absurd is the occlusive answer to all the derisory speculations and it is precisely that which manages to be deliciously enjoyable without ever oozing the slightest pretentiousness in the creations of Gérald Panighi.
It was in 2005,when he came across a suitcase of family photo prints, that Philippe Jusforgues found the opportunity to experiment with collage. “It was like a game… I would change a face and the whole image would be turned upside down… The realism of photography and the lightness of drawing were brought together… My characters took on flesh and my palette of emotions became broader…” His minimalist approach often involves an amateur photograph onto which is added a printed document, a drawn fragment, or directly applied ink revealing an unexpected link that gives them a second life. A form of poetic recycling…