Jean-Pierre Sergent: Artist Of The Ecstatic Soul

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Jean-Pierre Sergent is a French-New Yorker artist, who currently lives and works in Besançon, France. His work has been exhibited internationally since the 1990s: in the US, Europe, Iran, and China. In 2019, a monumental fresco of 72 paintings on Plexiglas, of 80 square metres, The Four Pillars of Heaven, was installed at the Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology of Besançon where it remains.

Jean-Pierre Sergent

Presented to the public, during this particular exhibition is a selection of 20 small formats from the series Shakti-Yoni: Ecstatic Cosmic Dances from 2016 to 2020, 25 x 25 cm; four works on paper from the series: Beauty Is Energy, 2003 and Sky Umbilicus, 2006, 76 x 56 cm; as well as a large painting on Plexiglas Ladies Of The Ants, 1.40 x 1.40 m, 2015, from the series Mayan Diary.

Since the works Sergent made in New York after his Mexican travels, and especially after the 11/11 attacks, there is an energy and what the artist describes as “An aesthetic, karmic, sexual violence… that is present, and that springs from the depth, from archaic and distant times: powerful, true, indispensable, wild, consubstantial and fusional of life.

“The arts and rituals of the ancient civilizations seem to him much more adapted, more complete, concrete and just, in front of and towards the complex realities of our cosmic self and of our human, individual and collective destinies: birth-death of every human being and of every civilization, sexuality being obviously the link and the starting point of all this. And violence, too, because life always feeds on life, even when fully vegetarian, it can only be so.” 

For years, while whole immersed in the New York melting pot, Sergent began experimenting with media and images that shocked and drew in his audience. In his silkscreen work, he combined the image of a statue of a sacrificial Aztec priest-chamber, The Flayed, with the ritual, hieratic drawing, on a small piece of wood, of a Selknam Indian from Tierra del Fuego, a tribe that has now completely disappeared.

View of the installation 4 Pillars Of The Sky, North Staircase, 2 x 18 paintings on Plexiglas. Image by Lionel Georges

An Egyptian Apis bull carrying on its back the mummy of the dead (the body and the soul, the Ka: the constituent element of the person representing his or her life force, in Egyptian mythology) in the other world, just above a Gaïa-Nout with the body of a woman illustrated by a contemporary pornographic image. Gaïa is of course, that fundamental Greek deity (the Earth) who gave birth to the first divine beings and Nout, the Egyptian goddess of the sky, who symbolizes the firmament and is considered the mother of all stars.

Sergent says, “All Art and all creation are at the same time a choice or a non-choice. And for my part, I assume this choice to open my work to the world, to its diversities, its strangenesses, sometimes disturbing some. 

“Because today, even beauty alone is no longer a sufficient excuse for artistic creation. We need more consciousness and vital energies to create and recreate de facto, new consciousnesses, new hopes, new pleasures… And of course, on this day of 2022, to breathe into the world a great hope for peace.”


POLYPHONIES: ARTS, CULTURES & CIVILIZATIONS

GALERIE L’ORANGERIE, 32 Grande Rue, 70100 Sauvigney les Gray | France23 April 2022 / 6 June 2022

Opening hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 7 pm and during the week by appointment
Opening: Saturday, April 23 from 2pm
Conference: Sunday, May 15 at 4:30 pm (reservation required)
Meeting with the artist: Saturday, May 28 at 3pm
Gallery Director : Christine Herrgott | orangerie-charmoiselle.fr | orangerie.charmoiselle@gmail.com | 06 78 50 31 25

Artist website: https://www.j-psergent.com/

https://www.j-psergent.com/calendar/64/47-LES-QUATRE-PILIERS-DU-CIEL

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