13 May - 25 June 2015
Aeroplastics @ Rue Blanche Str., Brussels
For the past ten years, using black ink on white paper, Emmanuel Régent has drawn people queuing, seaside rocks and, more recently, archaeological vestiges and modern cities in ruins.
His last series: "Pendant qu'il fait encore jour" (While there is still daylight) refers to pictorial romanticism and to the guilt stemming from disaster images. Emmanuel Régent’s voluntarily patchy drawings suggest the melancholia of vanitas and the horrid fascination we feel in front of the dramas unfolding on our screens. The immediacy opposes the eulogy of deliberateness used in his drawings.
This "potential tilting" fascinates the artist, this relationship to the "uncertainty and fragility of the perceptible" with a special focus on all things representing disappearance, loss or absence. “I try to build evasions, to organise an escape, to open up exits through the whiteness of the paper, to build spaces of suppositions, divagation, bewilderments…”