SISSI club, Marseille
Camille Bernard, Corentin Darré
The proposal brings together the practices of Camille Bernard and Corentin Darré around aquatic, melancholic, and disturbing legends.
In Camille Bernard’s new painting series, called Seuil, water appears in quantifiable, limited quantities, which evokes a lack to come. Out of the passive role to which it is often relegated, water seems to call the characters to react, becoming a trigger of changes, mutations and possibilities : a mirror, a reflection, a vector of introspection and questioning. By figuring the banks and edges, the artist depicts ‘ecotone’, an ecological transition zone between two ecosystems. From these liminal territories arise scenes of interaction and transformation between humans and nature in a palpable instability.
Starting with a piece of writing in the form of a tale, Corentin Darré explores the way in which virtual and real dimensions intermingle and interact. As if escaped from 3D, the sculptures and sets continue to create a narrative image outside the digital surface of the screen. Using patinas and highlights, he gives these objects a whimsical dimension, reminiscent of the items needed for a player’s quest or the textures used in gameplay. These scripted works evoke the rejection, love, violence and addiction of relationships with others, as well as the pain of loneliness and the abandonment of isolated bodies. Drawing on the legends and folklore that shape our collective imagination, Corentin Darré points to contemporary issues that question the world’s attitudes to otherness.