Ecole Régionale des Beaux Arts de Nantes Métropole
In ‘Naturalis Historia Pliny’, the Elder in the story told of an artistic fight stage between Zeuxis and Parrhasios to determine which one of them was the greatest painter. Zeuxis painted grapes so real that birds flew on it to peck them. When Zeuxis asked Parrhasios to pull aside the curtain, he has put on his painting to reveal it it turned out that the curtain itself was a painted illusion. Zeuxis modestly accepts his defeat saying ‘I have deceived the birds, but Parrhasius seems to have deceived me.’ Hugo’s ‘Parrhasios’ is a series of paintings gathered in an installation, showing abstract-looking geometrical patterns. However, something figurative exists in the paintings. An invisible point outside the frame leads us to the next curtain. As their names indicate, each patterns has been extracted from movie scenes, creating a dialogue between minimalistic abstraction and representation. The installation reveals itself as a montage of movies, following on from each other; creating a narration and a story improvised as someone open and close the curtains in the order he decides. Similar to a movie projection where the story is created when an image cover another. ‘Parrhasios’ creates a never-ending story, infinite like the patterns-covered spaces it shows. The curtains reveals nothing but themselves in this theatrical-like structure, with the paintings performing in a story where colors and infinite patterns are made to be seen.