Featuring French photographer Gerard Rancinan and sculptor Mauro Corda, this spectacular exhibition will showcase works from these 2 artists whose practice reinterprets traditional techniques in order to challenge preconceived notions of contemporary society. Employing classical aesthetics through differing styles and mediums, both artists suggest an intimate relationship with existing ideals while embracing new modes of discovery and evaluation.
Gérard Rancinan is a French photographer, whose work explores the excesses and paradoxes of modern society through a unique allegorical and theatrical style. Internationally recognized for his extravagant style and pointed commentary, Rancinan’s staged photographs are bold testimonies of our time. Exhaustively composed, they calculatingly highlight the subtleties and exaggerations of contemporary society. Using classical imagery as a template, works such as ‘Le Banquet des Idoles’ and ‘La Liberte Devoilee’ comment on the exaggeration and distortion of our projection of history. In works such as ‘The Marilyn’s’ and ‘The Michael’s’, Rancinan addresses society’s fascination with the celebration and our hidden desires for fame. With facetious overtones, his art speaks to a collective social conditioning towards our carnal and innate desires.
Mauro Corda is above all a sculptor of bodies. He uses a rich variety of materials such as bronze, aluminium, iron, stainless and polished steel and glass for his life-size creations. Corda’s art of shaping and modelling allows him to capture every sinew of his subjects, breathing life into his works while giving them a sense of quasi-invincibility. Inspired by the perfection of form in ancient Greek and Roman sculptors, his sculptures adhere to classic representations of the figure altered by unexpected, modernist elements. Embracing rather than oppressing the weakness of human nature adds an enigmatic and timelessly poetic quality to his work.
Venue: Opera Gallery Singapore, 2 Orchard Turn, #04-15 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
When: 26 Feb - 13 Mar 2016,