Yolanda & H + Michel Soucy - 'WAVES'
The exhibition ' WAVES ' speaks about Nature, about its undulations, about its breath and about its essential and inseparable balance of Human. This exhibition allows us to discover Michel Soucy's paintings as well as sculptures of Yolanda & H.
• Michel Soucy imagines landscapes and transfigures them, in an abstract and subtle way, in apparently monochrome paintings. These abstract landscapes drive us towards our own imagination (Truman Capote: ' the landscapes are windows on the imagination of the characters ').
Michel Soucy writes: "the landscapes are, for me, abstractions of the Nature. By painting them, I keep intrinsically the way I feel in front of the unspeakable: a colour, a texture, a movement translate a cloudy spell, a happy or disturbing atmosphere….a window towards another world.
Times change! I forget for a while Figuration and I let me go towards exploration…
The contemplation of Colour stimulates the imagination and observation allows ceaseless and surprising discoveries. What does the color tell us? What fantasies, desires or plenitude do we feel in such an intimacy? Sky blue, yellow solar, red passionate, the nuances colour our thoughts, our hopes".
• Yolanda & H sculptures demonstrate the interconnection and reliance between all living forms.
In some sculptures, the bright, vivid fluorescent yellow light - glowing from within - is juxtaposed by the rigid, decaying Corten steel rusting away. Nature is symbolized by the striking yellow light; it is omnipresent and never fully overcome by the Corten steel representing human kind. This work bears witness to the significant conflict that is taking place before us. Refusing to be suppressed, the delicate form of nature radiates its fluorescent yellow aura against the steel. The dissonance between human production and the natural environment gives birth to mutated, hybrid forms, strange and surreal: human vital organs - strange and surreal - meld with the forms of sea animals. Brain coral is a familiar structure...conjuring an association with human intelligence.
However, before anything else, these sculptures lead us to wonder, "What is our intention toward our universe?" What is our place in an anarchically developing mankind that upsets the balances of the world? Man is losing contact with the elements and forces around him. His conscience about what connects him to these has highly become blunted up to the point of weakening every ecosystem. What is our way of thinking really worth? Is it favourable for us? Or is it on the contrary driving us further apart from this conscience that is so essential to the natural balance of our world; at the risk of causing our downfall and taking with us a large part of the human, animal and plant world. Yolanda & H are not trying to convince others about stakes threatening us. Their work is rather the result of a research which allows them to sharpen our conscience.