HERVE CONSTANT: ABRACADABRA : Threads
Galerie Katakomby Brno Czech Republic 7 March - 7 April 2017
Private View: Tuesday 7 March 2017 at 6pm
ABRACADABRA is comprised of Herve Constant’s more recent paintings and photographs plus around 20 short films accompanied by digital audio soundtracks on a series of loudspeakers situated in the mediaeval cellar catacomb in the Czech Centre for Experimental Theatre, Brno.
The Gallery was built as a mediaeval ‘hypogeal’ under ancient buildings located in the city’s centre, and constructed to represent a biological form evoking the labyrinth found in the ‘peristaltic’ inner part of the ear.
Hervé’s inspiration for creating ABRACADABRA was derived from an interest in the unknown forces creating natural design with its multitude of diverse forms. One of Hervé’s more recent videos “SIGNALS’ based on a Kinetic sculpture, shown at the Metropolitan Theatre in Manila in 2016, explores inner connections between human and natural design.
Creative ideas Hervé discovered can erupt suddenly so he sought to explore the threads connecting him back into time past and forward into time future which emanated from an ancient source in kabbalah, numerology and tarot, each illuminating mysterious ways in which nature can create our existential journey.
For there is one thing that sets Constant apart from the Contemporary artists of today, and that is his boundless, limitless, driven need to explore all the mediums available to him, to find the best possible way to address his creative vision, and his total engagement in his surroundings. His world, as his art, is a mixture of wide and diverse interests, travel, as well as social and cultural influences.
His book ‘Killing’ was part of an exhibition at Kaleid Editions, at the London Plasto-Baader Books Exhibition of Unique Artists’ Books. It relates to Constant’s travels, which included Bosnia, and his unusual way of looking at the world, without artifice, without illusion, but with enormous empathy. War-ravaged streets and facades, fruit offerings at decrepit cemeteries, walls ridden with bullet holes, guns, all become symbols in his photographs and paintings, as does solitude and isolation. These are all themes that weave through Constant’s many and varied works. A philosophical, humanist approach marks his stance, and he is drawn to sombre and dark subject matter.
Wrapping this multi-disciplinary artist’s productions up are his short films, which he continues to produce, despite their limited market. His 4-minute short entitled ‘Hand Ballet’ is at once pantomime and sign language, a message both visual and emotional, as the viewer tries to decipher movements of the (artist’s) hands.
For Hervé Constant, the endless diversity surrounding him finds a way into his oeuvre as a continuity of sorts and as the common lot we share.
It was Einstein who said imagination was more important than knowledge and stated insight does not come through logic or mathematics but comes - as it does for the artist - through our intuition and inspiration.
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