La possibilité d'une île
"La possibilité d’une île" is the title of the personal exhibition of the French artist Mickael Doucet (1974) which CRAG Gallery is pleased to host from 27th August to 27th September in via Giolitti 51, Turin.
The works on display speak about an island.
An island of treasure or perhaps a lost and mysterious paradise, for the artist to say the true reassuring and contemporary refuge that he identifies as a virgin place, far from the tumult of the world. It is a place that can be both our origin and our relevance.
The representations are born from the artist’s desire to return to a stage of intimacy and solitude, as a rebirth and detachment from excessively intrusive civilization. This journey, colourful and characterized by architectures and seas, it is powered by the love for literature from which Doucet takes a cue, also for the choice of the subjects represented. From Zeus, to Ulysses to Thomas Moore. Island as utopia, as asylum.
This “utopian elsewhere”, as defined by Doucet, is offered to our eyes, but if we look carefully it is less inaccessible from what it seems. In fact, sometimes it is simply our home, where we have retired far from conflict, to think and meditate, with the help of art and culture.
Curator Marion Guggenheim describes Doucet’s work as “something luxurious. But the luxury of being alone in free spaces, something rare in our urban reality.”