Real Men Don't Look at Explosions
Sébastien Worsnip’s series of paintings presented in the exhibition Real Men Don’t Look at Explosions depicts moments of explosion, focusing on the instant where all is in flux in order to observe the transformations.
The artist's paintings evoke a paradox in representing the violence of the explosive moment- the source of the transformation- through a slow and controlled technique. Through the idea of transition, Sébastien Worsnip opens up a reflection of destruction as part of the flow of life. The titles of the artworks reference Hollywood action films in which the protagonist never takes responsibility for the extreme destruction they have caused.
Sébastien Worsnip’s artworks are the outcome of an accumulation of layers, often applied through stencilling. Each layer interacts with the next, revealing the traces that are left behind by the transformation of matter. Sébastien Worsnip’s work is often imprinted with a memory or tactile relationship to the experience of a place: his artworks represent virtual spaces, which become the proof of the paradoxes that coexist on the canvas, freezing the moment in time somewhere between deconstruction and reconstruction. The resulting random geometric structures suggest the existence of trajectories for both moving and fixed elements, and place us in the present moment where the past is gone and the future does not yet exist.Press release
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