Cyril Porchet - Seduction
“I photographed these cultural places in order to produce an effect of visual saturation. This profligacy of splendor contributes to stun the senses and at first glance provides an effect which tends toward abstraction. The optical flatness produced by the camera looks like and references the “trompe l’oeil” technique often used in this type of architecture. The goal of this approach is to show in an analytical way the exuberance and the surfeit of baroque as a critical shortcut of the dramatic character of our current society.
Baroque style developed at a time where the Catholic Church was reacting against a new science and new forms of religion. The monumental baroque was a style that the papacy was able to exploit like the absolute monarchies did. The baroque wouldtherefore have served a catholic will to reconquer souls. Therefore, by choosing baroque churches as metaphor of spectacle, my pictures also work as an historical reminder of the picture function.
My work is displayed in print formats of 120 cm over 160 cm under acrylic glass.”
“Casa Batlló” by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol
Casa Batlló was built in 1877 and remodelled in the years 1904–1906.
The building looks very remarkable — like everything Gaudí designed, only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. The ground floor, in particular, is rather astonishing with tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work.