Serie : "Pieces of Identity"
"Pieces of Identity" works like an “abyss”, a treasure hunt, a puzzle: faces, portraits, stand out bright against a dark background, leading to a double look. Seen from a distance, the portraits are colorful; Seen more closely, the "matter" of which they are made of expresses themselves in a sort of patchwork of photos of various dimensions, in a work of subtle compositions between recurring patterns, colors and sizes.
For each one of them, Hervé Perdriel describes the intimate, the invisible "Identity card" of a person, real or fictional that we see like some elements of visions of an intimacy.
In addition to the colored composite plastic work, a work in-depth on the significant choice of each photography, which is supposed to constitute the identity, the memory, and the history of the person, is made.
We should then look at this photo collage as a story that is told, we try to build some bridges and connections between the shots. What do these images, these landscapes, these objects, these profiles mean for the so painted person? Once involved in the game, we imagine and reconstitute endlessly what may be the intimate lives of these characters, without never, of course, solving the mystery, aware that all these images are but parts of a story that we end ourselves. Hervé Perdriel imagines lives, and lets us free to write the script.
At the same time, these "pieces of identity" dive us into a kind of fascination – a little bit voyeuristic maybe -for these personal stories that we see, feel, hypostases: visions, memories, images from childhood- probably the most significant ones- faces of people once met in a life by accident, keep a part of mystery: who are they and how interpret these images?
Thus presented, in a kind of neutrality in the images, without any comment, the artist invites us to an analysis that will never be anything else but an exciting hermeneutics, like any story...
"Pieces of identity" opens to a new narrative universe in his work, into the thickness of life and intimacy that he gives us piece by piece.
Hervé Perdriel was born in Paris (France), in 1972. His professional experience in the images and illustration banks gave him a well-advised eye to understand the meaning effects induced by images.
In 2002, he went to Bulgaria to make photographic reports and topics for an illustrating agency. Back in Paris in 2004, inspired by the architecture of the town, he began making numeric photographic collages. Then his first tries for the « Paris » series were born, in which the multiplicity of emblematic places of the city showed their weird reality. Since then, the principles of multiplication and of seriality emerged at the heart of his work and of his researches.
Even if the city remains an important source of inspiration, he now goes beyond a mere visual effect to breathe something more like meaning, depth, intimacy to his images, as it can be seen in one of his last series. In “ Pieces of Identity”, the collected images outline a person, an existence, among memory, remembers and sensations...
Hervé Perdriel’s work is regularly shown in solo or collective exhibitions since 2006. He lives and works in Paris.
For Hervé Perdriel, the photography is first and foremost a material, a way to work in a plastic, pictorial manner, closer to a work on images than just a work on photography.
The images, often selected in various banks, are decentred, cropped, cut out, reconstituted; the scales and the shades are modified, the images are juxtaposed. Then he imposes another photographic language whose vocabulary is a painter one: composition, shape, colour, pattern, and also abstraction or narration.
After several series developed around a serial iterative pattern work, Hervé Perdriel gradually gave up with this formal rigidity, to angle his work forward more human and more sensitive pictures. His series “Pieces of identity” is a turning point in his way to consider the image. Since then, his works seem to search an energy, a strength, not only in the city, but also in the living and existential reality of the emotions and of the introspection, as shown in his last double series “A corps ouverts”/”A coeurs perdus”
(« Open bodies » / « Lost hearts »).
2014 Artjingle Gallery (Paris, FR)
2013 « Féminités » Carita (Paris, FR)
2013 Artjingle Gallery (Paris, FR)
2013 Artclub Gallery (Lyon, FR)
2011 « Les heures bleues Gallery » (Visan, FR)
2014 Spot U Art Event (Brussels, BE)
2014 Art Up! Lille with Spot U Art Gallery (Lille, FR)
2014 A Atelier Patrice Cantalejo (Saint-Emilion, FR)
2014 Artcad Gallery (Cadouin, FR)
2014 Art Market (Saint Germain en Maye, FR)
2014 Chatillon Art Fair (Chatillon, FR)
2014 Colombes Art Fair (Colombes, FR)
2013 Fotofever - Louvre Caroussel’s (Paris, FR)
2013 Automn Art Fair (Champ-Elysés, Paris FR)
2013 Festival « Melting Spot » (Paris, FR)
2013 Starter Gallery (Neuilly sur Seine, FR)
2013 Portraits, Gallery Quai est (Ivry sur Seine, FR)
2013 Nomade’s Land, Espace Buffon (Paris, FR)
2013 « This is not a Saint Valentin », Favela Chic (Paris, FR)
2013 Art Val d’Oise with FMR Gallery (Cergy pontoise, FR)
2013 Galerie Galéa (l’Isle sur la Sorgue, FR)
2013 29 th young artists rendez-vous (Saint Raphael, FR)
2013 Autoportrait, l’œil du huit (Paris, FR)
2012 Tryptique, Cité internationnale des arts (Paris, FR)
2012 Espace Beaurepaire with13 avril Gallery (Paris, FR)
2012 Parfum de femmes, with 13 avril Gallery (Biarritz, FR)
2012 Fantasmes, Espace Kiron (Paris, FR) with FMR Gallery
2012 Affordable Art Fair (Brussels, BE) with Artjingle Gallery
2012 Duo exhibition, Artjingle, (Paris, FR)
2012 Galerie Artclub (Lyon, FR)
2012 Fragments, Duo exhibition, 13 Avril Gallery (FR)
2012 Winner « Clinch contest»
2012 Art O’clock with Artjingle Gallery (La Défense, Paris, FR)
2012 Starter Gallery (Neuilly sur Seine, FR)
2012 « I like… », L’Ecu de France (Viroflay, FR)
2012 Galerie Art’cad (Cadouin, FR)
2011 Chic Art Fair, Galerie Quai Est (FR)
2011 Gaga Experience, Reflex Gallery (Paris, FR)
2011 Mercury Urval price « Initiateur de talents » winner
2011 Affordable Art Fair with Artjingle Gallery (Brussels, BE)
2011 Galerie 13 avril,duo exhibition (FR)
2011 Galerie Art jingle, duo exhibition (FR)
2011 Quai est Gallery (Ivry sur Seine, FR)
2011 MMB Gallery (Avignon, FR)