Qu’est ce que cela veut dire que de graver aujourd’hui? Quelles perspectives? Pour qui? Comment? Pourquoi?Le manifeste de l’acide brut est un cri de repositionnement.
The roots of etching can be traced to the early days of man. In caves, people engraved images on the walls of places now hidden. Decrypting this code is nearly impossible today, but this doesn’t deter from the incredible artistic demonstrations presented on the cave walls. Thousands of incredible artistic accomplishments exist in caves like “Combarelle” in Dordogne, France, showing that mankind has always been driven to create, to duplicate, to demonstrate power, laws, and love. In this way, engraving has been a constant manifestation of the human struggle.
In 1452, a goldsmith named Maso Finiguerra found a way to print multiples from an engraved plate, around the same time Gutenberg printed his Bible. Printing spread new knowledge to the Western world through the transmission of books. In the 19th and 20th centuries, with the Industrial Revolution and the advent of digital processes along with impending computer domination, engraving lost its powerful place in the world of printed mass media. Even so, contemporary artists continue to use this technique due to its endless creative potential.
In 1793, during the French Revolution, an atelier was formed that would traverse the ages and become mine. Since then has been an important place for etching in France. It was located in the heart of Paris until its eviction in 2008.
Even then, with my inheritance of a great collection of presses, tools,
and history, I believed that the atelier could continue through
reestablishment. It is now the last surviving atelier from the 18th century. By
continuing the atelier in a new location and pushing the boundaries of the field of etching, I am trying to answer crucial questions for our time. What is the meaning of engraving today?
Can this technique reassert itself in the contemporary artistic field?
How can new perspectives be re-imagined from an ancient medium?
Who is the audience? Who is the creator?
Is it possible to link cutting-edge technology and techniques of the past?
How can engravings become a part of contemporary culture?
Is the best form for this the artist book?
The acid brut manifesto is the affirmation of a new point of view.