Luxemburger Wort (Luxembourg daily)
Saturday, 24 January 2009, Cultural life, page 14
A certain idea of beauty
By Nathalie Becker
Pascal Marlin, for his part, reconstructs bodies from heteroclite cut materials. Tracing paper, pattern paper, bits of fabric, fragments of X-rays are the raw materials of his paintings. The artist sticks, assembles, color enhances them with science and thus offers us his own vision of beauty.
Characters with deformed bodies, as sufferers of a mysterious and pitiless congenital attack, are endowed with more than generous forms in which the bulges are kings. Feminine figures are similar to primitive divinities of fertility. They have nothing to envy the famous Gravittian Venus. Others look like dolls dismembered and badly patched up. Sometimes it is necessary to look closely at it in order to identify to whom belongs a leg or a belly in this bodily mass however skillfully arranged. These bodies so physical also reveal their interiority by the presence of X-rays and cut-out scanners. There a brain, there a femur, there vertebras create shadows. We also read in this work allusions to Klimt for the highly ornamental and refined, and to Picasso for fragmentation.
The whole is very aesthetically successful, disturbing as it should be because it speaks of the difference, the fantasies, the impulses that can animate us in front of what we distinguish in the first place from others: his body.
The monthly letter
Chronicles of Colette Bertot / February 2005
Pascal Marlin. Bizarre ... You said "weird"?
At the Contrast Gallery in Brussels
One is not obliged to be attracted by these superpositions of curves, it is none the less true that they question!
These deformed monsters of striking realism are posed in oil or acrylic on canvas. But that is not all, far from it.
The artist plays the superimpositions, clearly visible when you place yourself on the side of the canvas and that the reflections of light accuse the thicknesses.
Using the technique of collage, which originally had to stimulate the creative invention, Marlin employs everything that falls within his grasp - pieces of tissue, fragments of tracing paper or sewing pattern paper - Cutting, composing, mixing, enhancing colors, even pieces of x-rays, femur, spine, cleverly placed in certain places to create shadows.
The work of Marlin, very repetitive, does not fail to attract curiosity as in the circus one enjoys the show of the dwarf with multiple bumps making on the track his pirouettes. We also think of the dolls of celluloid and chiffon of our infancy so supple that one could contort without risk of arms and legs and even zieuter, a little sadically, the dark anchor points where the limbs were fixed.
All these "unforgiving and serious" characters constitute an uncommon, sometimes frightening universe nuanced however by a light and refined chromatic palette softening the subject.
Pascal Marlin seems to be a tender puffing up his fantasies to better tame them!
1998 - Gallery Artitude. Paris.
2005 - Contrast Gallery. Brussels.
2009 - Leslie's Artgallery. Luxembourg.
2010 - Space 213. Tours.
1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2007 - Salon de Mai. Paris. (Winner prize painting 1998).
1998 - Adzak International Art Space Gallery. Paris.
1998 - Bleeckertstreet. Antwerp.
1998 - Gallery The Depot Matignon. Paris.
1999 - Artex'99. Tokyo.
1999 - Artex'99. Gallery Elyette Peyre. Paris.
1999 - Painters of today Franco-Japanese. Fine Arts Gallery. Tokyo.
1999 - Painters of today Franco-Japanese. Studio of the image. Paris.
1999 - 2001 - 2003 - 2011 - 2013 - Biennale 109. Paris. (Winner prize painting 2011).
2000 - Aponia Contemporary Art. Villiers sur Marne.
2002 - 2004 - Galerie Huis-Clos. Paris.
2004 - Contrast Gallery. Brussels.
2004 - IVth International Biennial of Drawing. Czech republic.
2007 - 2008 - MACPARIS. Paris.
2009 - Puls'art. Le Mans.
2009 - Studio D.V.O art contemporary gallery. Brussels.
2009 - Itineraries-contemporary art. Itineraries 2009. Paris.
2009 - Gallery quai est. Ivry sur Seine.
2009 - Gallery space G. Strasbourg.
2010 - Artfloor. Paris.
2010 - Base'art. Frejus.
2011 - Contemporary Balt'art. The art and the great Paris. Nogent Sur Marne.
2011 - White card gallery. Royan.
2011 - Gallery F.A.E. Boulogne / Seine.
2012 - Forty painters of the Biennale 109 guests of Puls'art. Le Mans.
2012 - Alain Godon Trophy. Festival of the Touquet. The Touquet.
2013 - arTbridge. London.
2013 - onsitegallery. Antwerp.
2013 - saatchi art. Los Angeles.
2013 - Docent.co. New York.
2014 - MACPARIS. Paris.
2014 - Jeffrey Meier Gallery. Lambertville. New Jersey.
2015 - Kazoart. Paris.
2015 - Art. Fontenay-sous-Bois.
2015 - Gallery space Be-art. Chartres.
THE CARLOS REID GALLERY
Contemporary | Modern | International | Art | Online