A SHORT-TERM EFFECT, AN ECHO
Patrick Carpentier’s first exhibition at the gallery, A SHORT-TERM EFFECT, AN ECHO. Often taking lyrics from songs by the British rock group The Cure, the artist evokes a certain period in time. The word “echo” is essential, as throughout this exhibition the spectator is confronted with works which develop in multiple forms or variations, evoking a sense of familiarity. Working with the idea of assemblage as the main concept for the exhibition, the artist presents a series of sculptures in ceramic, metal and mixed media, as well as a series of collages.
Largely inspired by themes of adolescence, wonder and geometry, often in relationship with the notion of play, Carpentier works primarily with sculpture and photography. He modifies and combines familiar forms, imagery or graphics to transform the original item, creating new and surprising ways of seeing. References to early 20th century art history and so-called primitive art are omnipresent in his oeuvre, and these elements are frequently rejuvenated with links to pop culture, such as lyrics by The Clash or forms inspired by skate parks. Techniques such as collage and assemblage are primordial in Carpentier’s work, whether working with pages from books, photographs, or objects in his studio which are then combined to create a sort of Exquisite Corpse.