FRAGMENTATION

 

"Leonard & the rainbow"  (2017)

dim. 156 x 156 x 41 cm

More than desire, which was the central theme of the Ad Libitum Collection, to which Leonard and the Rainbow belongs, this piece of ROD’s is about love. To be more precise, it’s about the love lesson displayed by Leonard over the first minutes of Human, Yann Artus-Bertrand’s documentary, which moved the artist profoundly.


From that lesson of love ROD borrowed all colours, from the darkest to the most luminous, pixellated and set inside a perfect square.


Against a raw background combining plastic, branches and nails, constituting a fertile ground for utter poverty and violence, the artist has set up cubes, printed, burnt, then painted. And at the heart of this jumble ROD has set a golden doll, stained with blood, eyes closed, an allegory of defiled innocence. Magnified. Sacrificed.


In this gruesome collection, the charred cubes, both ethereal and rigorously contained, though carrying the faces and stigmata of childhood terror and suffering, blow up into a myriad of colors.
Because although cruelty has destroyed Leonard by making him believe in love-pain, truth hasn’t condemned him. Above all else it has taught him the beauty of love of which he knew nothing.
Its light and its power.
Plaster, hope, essential flow.
Rainbow.

Plus que de désir, thème central de la Collection Ad libitum dans laquelle s’inscrit Leonard and the rainbow, il est question d’amour dans ce tableau de ROD. Plus encore, de la leçon d’amour dont témoigne Leonard aux premières minutes du documentaire Humans de Yann Artus-Bertrand, qui a bouleversé l’artiste.

De cette leçon d’amour, ROD a empreinté toutes les couleurs, des plus sombres aux plus lumineuses, pixellisées et serties dans un carré parfait.

Sur un fond brut mêlant plastique, branchages et clous, terreau de misère et de violence, l’artiste a crucifié au cœur de cubes imprimés, brûlés puis peints, un poupon doré aux yeux clos, souillé, ensanglanté ; allégorie de l’innocence sacrifiée. Magnifiée.

Recouvrant cet ensemble macabre, les cubes carbonisés, denses, aériens et rigoureusement contenus, portant les visages et les stigmates de terreur et de souffrance de l’enfance, explosent pourtant de mille couleurs. Comme éclaboussés d’amour. Teintant l’horreur sans en maquiller les plaies. Accrochant simplement la lumière aux stigmates. Faisant naître un arc-en-ciel de pleurs et de lueurs.

Photos  :  sept. 2018 © Ludovic NICOLAS

oct. 2019

Created by StElla

text by Caroline M.

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