Public Spaces

Public Space no. 40

Public Spaces

In these steretypical public spaces, strange characters inhabit a deconstructed decor. These architectural constructions, strongly influenced by the cut and paste esthetic of computer software like photoshop, silhouettes and realistically painted characters offer a complex way of looking at public spaces. These spaces being mostly private spaces, are generally places where rules of behaviour are strict and the organisation of circulations are efficient.

In this project, the terms Public Spaces is a reference to Jürgen Habermas’ book of the same title in which he explores the invention of a shared public space for the circulation of ideas and opinions in the 18th century. Usually thought of as the new media offered by the printed newspaper or the public showrooms where people could exchange comments on the exhibited objects (artistic or technological), the public space offered a place where individuals and groups could manifest their existence and interact in synergy or in conflict between one another. It is the instrumentalization of this public space and its slow disappearance that I evoke in these paintings.