Hugues ReipHugues Reip
“Hors-les-murs” on and off-site event
Saint-Jean d’Orbestier Abbey & “Croisée Culturelle” art space
Between an imaginary world based on the notion of a projected vision and a creative practice that draws on the full potential of assemblage, Hugues Reip’s work takes the form of a visual art production that specifically favours all that is bizarre, strange and incongruous. No one is more adept at orchestrating the most unexpected situations, using all manner of metamorphic manoeuvres to reveal a world of images and constructions that is both strange yet familiar. Hugues Reip’s work — drawings, photographs, sculptures, installations, videos — assumes a multifarious diversity that essentially rises from the act of collecting.
Indeed, the artist focuses particular attention on the world around him, gleaning from it many different elements to see how they can be made into fiction. While animals and flowers are his favourite points of reference, the anthropomorphic figure — or even its outline — takes on a sometimes ghost-like and sometimes dream-like presence. Which goes to show how Reip’s art enjoys being on familiar terms with the fantastic, the surreal and the symbolic, thus confirming Baudelaire’s observation that “what is beautiful is always bizarre”. In the patio of the MASC and at the Saint-Jean d’Orbestier Abbey, he will surely not fail to enthral us.