3x (35 x 28cm) Collage
 
Jean-Babtiste Martini (Fr)

 
With these tragic-comical collages, the artist investigates the universal theme of love. At one point in our lives we have been: told at, misunderstood, laughed at and pointed out in our pursuit of love. We have behaved, shamelessly, foolishly and harshly to loved ones. And most of all, we have felt miserable, lonely, left out, betrayed and angry by people who we love or used to love. There must be at least one emotion represented by the figures in these collages we can perfectly sympathize with.

The artist Jean-Babtiste Martini is a collector of everything that has a particular story to tell. He believes that items can suck up the energy of their surroundings. All the black and white cut-outs are coming out of a book about psychology that has been lying around for many years in the waiting room of a clinic for sexual diseases. The frames, that make the base of these collages, have been hanging, for 30 years, in a motel, notoriously known for renting out rooms to people of all kinds to have a private sexual rendez-vous.

“This information is crucial for the spectator.” Mr. Martini claims, “It gives the work a whole new energy and that makes it far more pleasing… or devastating, depending on the person who looks at it.”