The French artist Jean-Philippe Deugnier and his son, a videogame developer, visited MKIK. The artist donated a painting to the college, attended Bookfest and ‘The Quiet Life of Things’ photography exhibition. Jean-Philippe Deugniertalked to the students and promised to return to the Days of Contemporary Art (DOCA) international festival.
In his works, Jean-Philippe Deugnieraddresses the themes of personality, stability, and the subconscious. Who are we? What was our past like and what does the future hold for us? The creative experiments of the artist are devoted to the search for answers to these questions.
At a meeting with the Rector of IGUMO Marina Volynkina, Jean-Philippe Deugnier presented a painting that conceptually refers the viewer to Alzheimer's disease to the Institute. When creating the work, Jean-Philippe turned to scientific knowledge to show the balance between rational and sensual, between facts and emotions. The first half of the picture symbolises memory as something unstable, and the second - as a part of a person's mental organisation.
The French artist spoke about his artistic principle, the essence of which is to create works for the future on the basis of the past. That basis is old photographs that Jean-Philippe Deugnier uses to create new images. As a result of overlaying pictures, new colours and shapes appear. Often the artist uses circles, squares, and triangles, which refers to geometric abstract art.
In an interview with the Rector of IGUMO Marina Volynkina, Jean-Philippe Deugnier shared his thoughts on the figure of an artist in the modern world. He noted that an author is a guide in the world of art, a kind of reference point for society involving its members in the cultural agenda. The artist actually creates a new world filling it with his own meanings and determining its future.
Marina Volynkina, Rector of IGUMO, invited the French artist to take part in the DOCA international festival in 2022. She also gave our guest a tour of the educational space and showed the works of students that aroused the interest of the artist.
Kristina Danilina, Agency for Relevant Communication students’ business incubator
Translated by Polina Ledovskaya