The contemporary artist Steven Marc exposes currently in the gallery Alexandre Lazarew, a disconcerting work. His portraits show us the power in its various aspects, and its effects on the human thirst for supremacy.
Member and co-founder of Art and Complexity in 1997, Steven Marc is one of the pioneers of digital art. From a computer program he has himself created, he applies to his images a "liquid modernity", which fuses the different components of the tyrant within a same block.
Somewhere, the artist warns against the appearance that can be deceiving: "Hand on heart, the worst tyrants arises-you as essential recourse there for his country at the service of his subjects? “ Behind the masks of seduction, these solemn gestures, postures and these noble, hides the real person.
The power appears in its dimension of addiction, like a hard drug. The multiplication of faces that we see on some tables reveals an endless quest, ever stronger. As a poison, it transforms into real vanity portraits representing almost fleshless skulls. The actor returns to be flawed and frightening, terribly frightened by the threat of lack.
Despite the disorder evoked by such a work, viewers are often surprised to glimpse a certain aesthetic. The flat areas of bright colors, the precision of the digital work ... All elements amplified by the shiny and frosty Plexiglas covering the compositions. This is all the talent of Marc Steven, who managed to unite the horror and beauty in one exhibition.
Informations pratiques :
Steven Marc - Le pouvoir est il une drogue dure ?
Galerie Alexandre Lazarew
14 rue du Perche 75003 Paris
Until 2 juin 2012
Credits photo :
1- La supériorité de la race blanche, 73 x 60 cm, 2011- Courtesy of gallery Lazarew
2- Le mangeur d'hommes, 104 x 119cm, 2011 - Courtesy of gallery Lazarew