“Like the crazy instruction manual for an improbable world factory, like a hybrid and timeless mythology, Frédéric Penelle’s ferocious woodcuts dialogue with the sharp video art created by Yannick Jacquet - or perhaps it’s the other way around - to recount, carefully and amusingly, the incontrovertible evidence of the meaninglessness of the world, the origin of the unknowable precedence of the chicken and the egg, of scientists and their machines, of your brain and its hallucinations. This implacably absurd demonstration hiccups and smiles, above all, at our own inundations and uncontrolled fumigations, at our own mechanical vanities.”
While the passage of time seems to accelerate every day, Fred Penelle and Yannick Jacquet offer a pause, a suspension, a breath. A strange mechanism stretches across the wall, populated with shadowy chimeras. They are mysterious and yet somehow familiar. Is this a laboratory experiment or the plan for a future network?
Minutely constructed like a fine clock, it traces connections, routes, genuinely-false, looping itineraries, inviting escape, inviting dreams. The narrative is deconstructed like a thousand-storied film script. Every effort is made to lead astray, to turn around, to forge ahead. Time is shredded, decomposed, lost and yet everything references it.
Mécaniques Discursives is like a parenthesis between two epochs: Gutenberg's and Big Data's. By contrasting the oldest form of image reproduction (woodcutting) with the most recent digital technologies, the installation straddles centuries and contracts time.
FRED PENELLE - www.penelle.be
“In just under ten years, Frédéric Penelle (Brussels 1973), winner of the Art contest prize at the end of 2007, has given engraving a sudden burst of energy through his novel use of it in a way that is fundamentally original, malicious and as funny as it is serious.The installation of each exhibition places on a wall a swarm of characters and objects which mix, either play- fully or seriously, times, epochs, drawing, paining, black, colour, old images and whatever else besides, to tell, not one, but a thousand tangled tales in which each will recognise his own according to his imagination, what he has lived through, his dreams or concerns.In a heterogeneous set astonishingly coherent in its linear weirdness like a frieze, starting from a personal my- thology that brings together images known to all it holds up a portrait of the world that is surprising yet familiar at the same time. And this arrangement that is playful, amusing, inventive, sometimes threatening and also tragic in its device, constantly gives the impression that it might set itself in motion as if it was a vast comedy put on by actors who bear a strange resemblance to us. Might it be possible that we are taking part unawares? Very inspired and convincing.” (C.L.)
(la libre belgique 16/01/08)
YANNICK JACQUET (legoman) - www.legoman.net
Born in Geneva in 1980, lives and works in Brussels. A graphic designer by training, Yannick Jacquet now mainly devotes himself to moving images. His work is characterised by a desire to step outside of traditional projection formats and locate video in space. It mainly comes in the form of audiovisual performances, installations and stage design. His work is often in- situ and is strongly influenced by questions connected to architecture.
He regularly works with a number of artists and more particularly with those under the label AntiVJ where he is one of the founding members.