Exhibition Jean-Luc Moulène
February 7 - April 5, 2014
Opening reception: 6th of February 2014 from 6pm to 9pm
Greta Meert Gallery presents the third solo exhibition by Jean-Luc Moulène (1955, Reims - lives and
works in Paris).
Jean-Luc Moulène's oeuvre has developed along two major axes : photography and sculpture. His
photographic work situates itself between the political pamphlet, the classic art genres, the social
portrait, and the medium image. His sculptural pieces are more abstract, nearly mathematical-physical
and philosophical models. The dichotomy in his work has often been described as a double edged
knife. Though stylistically often quite different, the artistic artistic Leitmotifs are related: they
illuminate social or natural phenomena through the codifications of the medium.
Three static sculptures, 'masques', fill the space. A plinth in reinforcing steel carries a concrete
sculpture. From a position anchored in the carrier structure, the concrete mass slowly reveals itself as a
cast of a mask. Their rhetoric, the 'human comedy', bestows an ambiguity on the presence of the masks
in an art space.
The solid structure of these works contrasts sharply with the sculptures that are placed on the floor.
Wrapped in a blanket each of these casts of animal organs radiates a certain vulnerability and
security. A blanket, a nest, as it were, provides a mental image that has a disarming effect on the
cynicism of the 'masques'.
The dichotomy between an artificial and a natural tone is disrupted by a third sculpture of a more
autonomous, abstract-geometrical nature. The formal versatility of these three sculptural groups is
characteristic of Moulène's work, which is devoid of any specific aesthetic marks. The production
relationship that is particular to each creation, either object or sculpture, is more important to the
structure of meaning. Through the production process, artisanal or industrial, a social and political
reality often becomes apparent.
In the video film ‘Les trois Graces’, the artist transposes the subject, originating from Greek
mythology, to reflect the era of mechanized reproduction, using black and white film as a medium.
“This film (filmic object), The Three Graces, goes back to the age-old motif of The Three Graces, the
Judgment of Paris who had to choose between three possibilities: power, war, and love. The Graces
always look very similar, making up a group (a nucleus), often dancing and notably sharing a certain
harmony. it’s basically the same woman; it’s a trinity. i’ve been working with the idea of disjunction
for a long time. Today, everything has turned into individual vectors, no one is interested in what is
common. in this film, i’m putting together three girls (two twins and their sister) standing separately
from each other, acting independently. Their physical “resemblance” (their harmony) is the only thing
they have in common with the ancient motif. We are not dealing here with the return to the original,
but with actualization and incarnation as the essential tasks of Art”. - Jean-Luc Moulène
Recent solo exhibitions: Beirut Art Center, (2013); Modern Art Oxford, (2012); Dia Art Foundation,
Beacon, NY, (2011-2012); Museum of Cylcadic Art, Athens, (2009), Carré d’Art, Musée d’art
Contemporain, Nîmes (2009), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, (2009); Musée du Louvre,
Parijs, (2007); the Jeu de Paume, Paris, (2005). At present old and new work is shown in the
'Endwards' exhibition in Extracity, Antwerp.
Tekst Tanja Boon, translation Marc de la Ruelle