We are delighted to highlight the portrait of the Photographer Bertrand Gruyer whose works are presented during the exhibition “Alterity: I is an Other” from July 4 to September 3, 2022 at Art Trope Gallery.
Raised by a collector and passionate art mother, Denise Gaudel, who was an eminent specialist in literary and artistic property, Bertrand Gruyer quickly encountered the idea that beauty was everywhere. Lover of abstract art, his artistic eye is shaped by the works of painters such as Serge Poliakoff, Hans Hartung, Jackson Pollock, or even Piet Mondrian. The artist has had the urge to take photographs since childhood, but it was when he discovered digital photography that he finally found the tools to satisfy his thirst for image. This is how Bertrand Gruyer explores the random forms that everyday reality puts in his way, in search of gates into the imagination realized through his wild pictorial creativity. They are like journeys through the “poetics of reality”- using Raoul Ubac’s expression – to seek harmony in the heart of disorder. During his explorations, which he calls his “conversations with chance”, the photographer draws the composition of each image by framing when shooting, never to crop or edit them afterwards. Bertrand Gruyer questions this resonance between the desire to create outside of all figuration and this world of forms beyond any intention which constantly seeks its eye.
Bertrand Gruyer’s photographs reflect a life of reflection and observation on all aspects of reality in a permanent quest for meaning. The chains of events that underlie each phenomenon become for the artist an object of fascination and learning. How can we doubt that life has meaning, even if it is beyond our reach, since meaning is everywhere, revealed by its aesthetic dimension? Everything we know is the simple universal law of energy dispersal. Everything exists because everything will be destroyed. Chaos is not our end; it is our matrix. This creativity is inherent in the metamorphoses of energy and Bertrand Gruyer seeks it in all the interstices of our daily life, where randomness reigns and where the complexity of causalities generates wild forms and expressions. Bertrand Gruyer’s photographs open the gates of the imagination from the simple reality.
Bertrand Gruyer presents his series:
The gaze stopped to release the vision of each photograph like a painting. A blurred window that only lets light and the colors of the street pass through, transforms the outside world into a receding abstraction, inviting the gaze to return to interior paths. Like a window that allows us to see further into ourselves and to tune in with the world.
“Interior Windows: the way I look at the world, through my own eyes”Bertrand Gruyer
What happens to the subject of a photo when nothing allows it to leave the stage of mystery? It becomes a hypothesis, a projection… These are opaque windows that only let in the lights and colors from outside, stopping the view… but not the look. Intrigued, the brain falls into the trap, gets caught in the act of subjectivity. Perception reveals its invisible filters, leaving out some sensation, form or memory buried. The opportunity to glimpse that no matter what we are looking at, we always invent it a little.”
“Traces“: This series, called “Traces”, underlines a journey through a spontaneous generation of poetic forms. The photographed shapes tell us a mysterious story. If everything that exists deteriorates, nothing disappears without letting something else appear. The idea that chance does not exist allows us to move forward and focus ourselves on the unknown, which turns out to be a great designer. What energies and what spirits are at work behind these compositions that spark our imaginations?
“Pearls of the Sun“: This “Pearls of the Sun” series is a capture of luminous moments. If we place ourselves in a state of curiosity and appeasement life is never ordinary. The marvelous can arise at any time and the camera becomes a sieve that can reveal some golden glitter of the real. The intensity of the sunlight then opens the gates for the imagination and now the time to wake up turns back to the dream. Discovering multiple unknown facets is a constant gift.
The series “Mirage Bodies” highlights the truth of bodies that happen without reality. This series is composed of shadows and lights which imply disturbing carnal sensations. The relationship between our bodies and their images has always been fluid with the body that we judge when we meet it in the mirror, that we show or that we hide, which changes over time … Photography can sublimate the body or betray it, there is always something of a mirage since our brain transcribes our reality from what we perceive. “Mirage Bodies” invites us to get lost and perhaps meditate on the stories of truth and lies between our eyes and the reality of our bodies.