In his previous work – Topiques – Gérard
Pétremand gave us a vision of the urban peripheries of our
routine existence in the style of mock-ups. This time, he leads
us into the tortuous streets of imaginary towns which he has detected
in the fortuitous assemblage of all kinds of materials encountered
on building sites, on dumps or in places of transit, in such a way
that we do not know whether we are witnessing an act of creation
Playing on the scale of perception of objects and places,
he gives us the illusion of perceiving whole metropolises spread
out over a few square metres.
The unconventional distribution of blurred and distinct
forms, without reference to plans, heightens the illusion of real
cities and gives the spectator the impression of being familiar
with these places of memory or towns perceived in a dream…
The universe of dreams is strengthened by the selective
use of colours in which the dominant whites and greens are emblematic
of a duel between built-up space and nature.
This is yet another work in which Gérard Pétremand
questions the veracity of our perceptions and the extent to which
they can be transcribed through photography.