VISIONARY REVUE


GERARD TRIGNAC

      Where Cat, Thomas, and Ugarte have rendered their panoramic visions in paint, Gérard Trignac has turned to the forgotten art of engraving, much in the manner of Piranese and Doré. Born 1955 in Bordeaux, his studies in architecture led him, ultimately, to a darker vision of our constructions, where brick and stone ominously rise up and equally collapse through disuse and neglect. Humans still inhabit these ruins, yet their presence is minute and their place may soon be evacuated.
      In another series of engravings, we walk the streets of a post-Apocalyptic Paris, just able to recognize its more famous monuments among the ruins. In many of his works, Trignac demonstrates an unusual fondness for monumental architecture. But these massive edifaces, like Ugarte's huge stone bunkers, have fallen into disuse and decay.
      For many years, Trignac has exhibited his works at Galerie Michèle Broutta in Paris. This unusual gallery has specialized in engravings, particularly Visionary engravings, for over thirty years. Among some of the finer French Visionaries presenting their work at her gallery are Dado, Yves Doaré, Erik Demazières, André Bongibault, Mohlitz and Jacques le Marechal (some of whom will be presented in part II of this article).

TOWARDS THE DARK INTERIOR

       In the case of the next three Visionary Landscapists, we move from the outside world to the interior, from mountainous vistas to caves, tombs, grottos and sewers. And yet, a mysterious light from above often invades these dark spaces, illuminating the ruins and infusing the dusty air with rays of consolation.





 
 
 


PARIS - FALL 2004


Gérard Trignac

Gérard Trignac



 
 
 


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