The managing director of a factory retires, retreats to his summer house and creates enchanting miniature works of art – or even whole worlds? – inside black cardboard boxes with the aid of scissors, glue, photographic self-portraits and paper. He then takes photos of his creations, always in black and white.
This gentleman is Gilbert Garcin, born 1929 in Marseille. “However, the stories that lie behind my pictures have not been told from beginning to end”, says Gilbert Garcin. “I am merely attempting to create a space for the viewer to project their own ideas onto to allow them to invent their very own adventures”.
Funny, subtle, ironic, slightly melancholic, quite obviously always addressing existential issues, viewers find themselves in almost surreal scenarios. The atmosphere is sometimes reminiscent of Jacques Tati’s Monsieur Hulot films, and sometimes of Rene Magritte. Garcin’s images seem to reflect “…the entire spectrum of human comedy. Each of his minimalistically designed photographs is like a theatrical act on the obscure stage of life”, a critic once wrote. The selected works on display at Schloss Neuhardenberg throughout 2013 were chosen by the artist himself.
Mar 16 - Nov 11, 2013