Interview: Dominique Brunet
Luca Curci talks with Dominique Brunet during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – THE SECRET GARDEN, at Misericordia Archives.
“Since childhood painting has been one of my favourite creative activities along with drawing and writing. Although not having gone through formal training in Fine Arts, I was keen on attending drawing lessons when in college. After university, I am a PhD clinical psychologist, and after years of intensive practice, I renewed my leisurely painting activity while in “spared” times and under the creative influence of propitious surroundings. In painting, I have found a way to escape day-to-day rituals and sublimate ennui to enter the world of the most elegant shapes I perceive or create and an extraordinary panel of colours from the brightest to the most inconspicuous and fragile. My subjects of visual exploration are mostly found in this marvellous nature that surrounds us, a flower, an animal, a landscape or the extraordinary view of the ocean at large lost on the horizon, a magnificent sky burning under the sun, or the intense life as found in the Cosmos. At other times, I find great pleasure to let imagination revisit reality, sublimating it while entering dreams and abstraction. Acrylic is my medium of choice for its colours, texture, originality, and simplicity. Although gouache is a pleasant medium, it is a bit too capricious. I use all supports I fancy: canvas, wood, and stones. Over the years, I have participated in group exhibitions: with ” Société des Artistes Indépendants” (Paris) of whom I am a member, at ART CAPITAL (Grand Palais, Paris), Art Shopping (Le Carrousel du Louvre, Paris). I participated in other group exhibitions, in Bruxelles, New York, Evian, Deauville, Cannes and Bourges (France) where I live at present”.
LUCA CURCI – What is art for you?
DOMINIQUE BRUNET – Art is a product, the result of intelligence, necessity, need, or desire to express oneself through a medium of choice. This production is multiform in its expression depending on historical time and evolution of society, be it in architecture, sculpture, paintings, modelling of the city for example. However, we can divide Art into two categories. First category: search for an Ideal and how to express it through – Beauty, Perfection, like in Classical times in Athens and Italian Renaissance – Expression of Faith and Transcendence during early Middle Ages up to early Renaissance as in Italy, Flanders. Second category: expression of Self through – the turbulence of the soul from sanity to insanity i.e., inner Self – a personal view of the world i.e., external Self both shown in architecture, sculpture, painting and other fields since the end of the nineteenth century in Europe and America with the numerous currents which gave and continue to give preeminence to form disintegration in an exacerbated manner.
LC – What are you currently working on?
DB – I am working on several projects: “pandemia effect” currently painting my fourth work themes, nature in the summer and, an abstraction about the notion of Cosmic Infinity.
LC- Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
DB -The role of the artist is to be a witness and conveyer of a changing world in its radicalism, disintegrating speed, and deconstruction. It’s extraordinarily visible in Contemporary Art and the Tabula Rasa of old aesthetic criteria, use of news materials, the disintegration of the outside world and inner self through forms unknown to the viewer but perceptible to the artist.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
DB – An idea, a view of Nature, an event.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
DB – The concept of «Contemporary Venice» fits the present flux of ideas that percolates through our occidental society. In the specific case of Artistic expression (like in most all the other modes of expression are concerned), we clearly see a rupture with the ancient codes so artistically shown in treasury Venice and their replacement by new forms of art emerging from this chaos. You, « Itsliquid», are participating in this change superbly acknowledged by your choice of Venice where flamboyant History and emerging contemporary/post-modern Art entertain the visitor. Definitively, our sense of Aesthetics is in turmoil if not in progressive modification, at least in great variations.