Drawn from the Latin phrase of the philosopher Rene Descartes ¨Conito Ergo Sum ¨ (I think, therefore I am) Artist Serge V Richard interprets the importance and relationship of the emotional world of the human and with his rational.
“Inspired by the symbol of a lived emotion I explore an existential crisis. I make links between the individual and his external world, between the perception via tiny windows between external and internal world. “
Two central sculptures “Intro: Ergo Sum” and “First Liberation; Ego Sentio “ occupy the center of the room. The Gallery12 has been transformed so the installation is in a kind of black box that can suffocate or suggest an entrapment. These two central works dialogue face-to-face. Their complementary profiles are divided into negative and positive forms.
The flat and black wall of the work “Intro: Ergo Sum” is needed and blocks the two figures, except that a tiny window tinted in black shows an undefined face. On the inside (the back) of the primary wall a warm tone wood, much like inside a cosy living room, two vertical pillars dominate and has a mini TV screen become cellular.
In contrast, there is a slightly inclined human profile. A gently curved bridge is filled with sand, symbol of lost time, securely connecting the two in rapport. This character profile at first sight is black, severely cut out and hard as steel. On the opposite side are layers (symbolic to a natural growth) gradually superimposed on each other. A gently nuanced opening is defined by the presence of another small window at the level of the heart of the individual. “First Liberation; Ego Sentio.“ Demonstrates openness through its free space and profile suggestion. A vertical rod supports a third window at the heart. The positive space of the character is defined in emptiness, thus suggesting the experience of an inner liberation with a reduced sense of limitations.
The 4 drawings on the walls derive from a first performance at the opening of the exhibition. Richard drew shadows by projecting a directed light coming from the installation. The same creative process for two other installations will be announced and follow in the month (Nov 17 – Dec 15)