Pierre Bernard Francillon: Urban Archetypes
Superchief Gallery at Culturefix, 9 Clinton Street, LES
January 29-February 3, 2012
Do you have a title for this exhibition?
I’m thinking of calling it Urban Archetypes. Um, the reason being is that a lot of people who look at my art, they could see a historic connection to you know, how old I am, things that I like and people that I’ve known. Maybe that’s what art is about: I think art can be depictive of the person itself and the person’s character. A lot of artists that we consider great artists had distinct personalities.
And it was reflected in their art. Um, I think that’s also what makes a person’s art theirs. You know? Ah, I mean, I’ve been in contact with people who have had strong visual presence artistically through the form of painting and sculpture. I prefer sculpture–I like sculptural form. As you see, even my paintings, they have a sculptural quality to them.
I’ve had people just describe them as “artifacts,” and I like that description. My “geeky” side is that I’m an archivist. And I love that; I’ve always liked keeping things by categories. I like describing new categories. I like coming up with protocols for new categories. So, that’s reflected in my style of painting right now. And, I mean, I touch on a lot of things, you know?
So, that being said, maybe in the future, a thousand years from now, somebody might stumble upon a work of mine, and try to decipher it.
And there’s something there to be deciphered, there’s a story being told. We were describing it as “Still Movies” earlier.
Right, right. I mean, I have a concept for another show where it’s gonna be some really large drawings– and I do really beautiful drawings. There’s an animated quality to it. Also, from my Haitian culture, my Haitian heritage, their magic–the dominant magic, there’s an element of animation to it, and it’s also in the form of their symbols…
Symbols and graphics…
…it’s like their, their shui, in, um–
Right. You know, when you talk about feng shui, the flow, their shui, is strongly dependent on linear form, and giving direction. You know, that’s in the form of veves. Veves occur by direction from a human, like human interaction, or sometimes they just occur in nature. You know? I mean like… uh, a nautilus shell–
Right? That’s a veve. Right there. it’s also a recurring pattern, in art, and it’s that image, that archetype, as it translates into different forms by various means. But it’s an archetype. I would love to create art, but what I’m going for is creating new archetypes, new things, new pure visual sources where people could source from, and they can interpret it.
You know? maybe it’s something vain in me, but it’s a genuine–
I think it’s the opposite of vain!
It’s to be attuned to…
It’s to inspire!
…what’s around you, and to who is around you. And to be able to relate to people…
Feeling inspired and inspiring people? I mean, that’s a great way to reciprocate the emotion or process of being inspired. You know, you’re so inspired that you go and inspire others. That’s what I try to look for.
Well, and symbol and communication and inspiration are… perhaps three modern archetypes; three modern archetypes that need to be enshrined as muses of our time.
Right, the Muses…those are archetypes too. The goddesses, I always refer to them.
Right, especially when a lot of the specificity of cultures begins to fall away, and the specificity of individuals and personalities begins to emerge...