July 29, 2021

“In the eye of Daniel Pommereulle” at Christophe Gaillard

After his death in 2003, Daniel Pommereulle almost disappeared. For which years, it reappears and gradually takes back the place it deserves. From his first experiences on the second states caused by hallucinogens, in the early 1960s, to Premonition objects composed with the most disagreeable and threatening instruments – scalpels, picks, daggers -, then to works on paper with venomous seduction and sculptures in glass blocks cut like flint, his work engages the eye, sensations and thought strained. She hurts, worries, mocks, and it would be an understatement to say that she has nothing in common with the optimism of American pop or the elegance of a certain minimalism: she is just the opposite of those comfortable aesthetics.

To demonstrate this capacity for contradiction, the exhibition compares the works of Pommereulle with those of his closest contemporaries, such as Jean-Jacques Lebel and Hervé Télémaque. Those also of those with whom connivance is indeed visible, such Unica Zürn, Man Ray, Henri Michaux, Camille Bryen, Takis or Jean-Pierre Raynaud. It also tends, in an often convincing way, links with artists of today, Marie-Luce Nadal or David Douard. Result: a museum exhibition, as seen little in the galleries.

“In the eye of Daniel Pommereulle”. Christophe Gaillard Gallery, 5, rue Chapon, Paris 3e. Tuesday to Friday 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Until June 26. Galeriegaillard.com