The work of Jean Pierre Bertrand is situated
somewhere between nature and concept, the first nourishing
Manipulation of organic materials on whitish monochrome surfaces,
with salt impregnated paper, yellow with lemon, red with acrylic
and honey as a binder.
These surfaces obey a rule, based on their format and their
distribution on the wall. The organic elements, mineral, vegetal
or animal, interact with each other.
A certain perception of living order is at stake. The last
part of the work consists in using the Flemish oil medium
that produces a certain transparency effect, while alternating
the perception of the surface. Fading formal perception, affecting
the background, now becomes difficult to understand.
The work is focused on the number 54 and its divisions, as well
as on functional dispositions expressed through other mediums
such as photography, film, video or even the use of a neon letter.
In a short passage of his book1, Max Brod portrays Kafka before
his death and his strange desire to watch people eating strawberries
and cherries, because he was no longer able to appreciate their
taste. I cut out a square shape in each strawberry that I then
photographed placing the light source as close as possible to
the lens, creating a slight shadow on the border of the extracted
piece, that I then ate.
The Art Wall Sticker strawberry is reproduced on square vinyl,
15,5 cm long and disposed in an oblique manner, starting from
the upper right corner of the wall and heading towards the left.
Each vinyl is placed 17 cm from the next, with a slight downward
interval of 3 cm (the height of the missing part of the strawberry).
The small leaves have been lightened with a bright green colour
; the red of the strawberry has gained in density. The image
has been somewhat reanimated, acquiring a new status confirming
that of a ritual. The falsified image has become closer to publicity.
its consumer quality is now seen through its new plastic
presence, with exception of the missing part.
1- Uber Franz Kafka, Max Brod.