To mark Hemeria publishing house's release of the latest work by Éric Antoine, titled Useful Lies, in which he unveils the practices of his craft over the last five years, the Berthet-Aittouarès Gallery is pleased to present a full retrospective of the artist's works.
Much like a still life painter, Éric Antoine pursues construction of an interior world, wherein each object, each shape encountered is ascribed a symbolism. His photography, which relies on the wet-plate collodion process, facilitates arrangements while also providing each theme captured its own density and texture. The artist's viewpoint clearly exhibits an archaeologist's sensitivity: his ability to show how the strata fit together, his talent to have us feel through his lens the world's layered thickness, a testimonial of Time's passage.
Organized as a series, Éric Antoine's work vacillates between exploration through memories and dream-filled excursions. Whether he's setting up his tripod in the forest adjacent to his home or slowly compiling images through a set of references known only to him, the artist treats photography like a quest, extending from disappearance to discovery. His output exposes audiences to myriad lost paradises, some of which happily reappearing.
This new release by Éric Antoine is called Useful Lies, even in its French version. It contains the majority of his photographs over the last 5 years, categorized into 5 main series.
Since the opening of the gallery in 1986, Michèle Aittouarès and Odile Aittouarès-Inzerillo have made the same choices as they would for their personal collections and confront paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs or videos.