Venue: Lumen Studios, St John on Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA
Opening event: 6th December 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Exhibition Continues: 7-9th December 2018 12-6pm
“...on the one hand, a world that can be controlled, where man has left many traces, and on the other, a world beyond, dangerous and impenetrable” - Geneste, Hordé & Tanet
Moon Paintings represents the first solo exhibition of Pierre Papet’s artwork, presented within a Grade II listed crypt below St John Church, Bethnal Green. In his most recent series, the London-based artist uses the moon as both subject and active participant in the process of creating photographic abstractions. Taken in the presence of a full moon phase, the artworks represent the deliberate alteration of a natural scene; removing the subject’s inherent context from the viewer. Unlike conventional photography where the camera is typically motionless, Papet uses the medium as a mobile light recording device to capture the moon’s luminosity.
Moon Paintings are created by leaving the night sky exposed long enough to utilise the subject as a tool with which to generate abstract compositions. Line is dictated by altering shutter speed and aperture, whilst expressionist movement is used to create loose, freely applied brushstrokes during what the artist uniquely refers to as a ‘moon dance’. Adjusting focus while exposing the night sky has allowed Papet to build atmospheric perspective and depth into the compositions, giving the illusion of an ethereal three-dimensional space.
Bridging the gap between photography and abstract expressionist painting, these ‘action photographs’ attempt to place themselves in between the physical and spiritual world.
A departure from the artist’s conventional focus on political discourse, Papet uses this latest series to highlight subjects within our surroundings, such as the moon, which are free from social tensions and undoubtedly ours to share. The photographs are ethereal, spiritual and tranquil; inviting the viewer into a meditative space. Moon Paintings explores themes such as belonging, existence and our constant desire to alter, change and manipulate that which cannot typically be controlled.
Pierre Papet (b.1990) investigates themes related to psychology, anthropology, philosophy, nature and human existence. His work attempts to highlight a constant struggle to understand, define meaning and establish belonging in the world that we live in. A conceptual artist, Papet’s work often asks us to question the nature of the camera as recording device. Using photographic representation to manipulate reality, he examines subjects ranging from common behavioural analysis to contemporary social, political and economic tensions.
Pierre Papet lives and works in London, UK. He studied Photography at Central Saint Martins, where he conducted the Photography Professional Practice and Portfolio Course. Papet has had his work featured in publications such as Ceasefire Magazine and has exhibited internationally in countries such as South Korea, Japan and London.