« Au début il y a un lieu, un lieu de vie sur lequel je souhaite travailler. J’essaie d’en comprendre, d’en saisir à la fois tout ce qui se voit : l’espace, la lumière, les couleurs et dans le même mouvement tout ce qui ne se voit pas, ne se voit plus. » – Ernest-Pignon Ernest
If you’ve read my article about the previous exhibition of E-P.E, you must know that I am a huge fan of this artist, as much for its work as his personal and political fight against society’s vices.
This second exhibition, at the MAMAC in Nice, was absolutely amazing. It’s crazy how he can transmit his emotions and ideas through his drawings.
Ernest-Pignon Ernest is the exact definition of what I call art : 50% aesthetic, 50% semantic. The meaning occupies a big place in his work, because he uses it to express his opinion, denounce customs, political acts, people’s way of thinking.
Every piece of his work, full of history and meanings, makes me shiver. It has a rare power that not all the artists can make us feel, I think. The characters, mostly drawn in life-size, seem to invite us to come in the picture and travel through Ernest-Pignon’s mind.
This second exhibition just confirmed the idea I had of this pioneer of the street art. One of my favorite.
Realistic, poignant, intense.