Pop art and fan­tasy with Alain Godon

  • Dated: Novem­ber 2012
  • Media: LE BIEN PUBLIC

Pop art and fan­tasy with Alain Godon

The Wil­son Gallery is host­ing the works of Alain Godon until 23 Decem­ber and you are struck by their cheer­ful­ness, their energy, and their capac­ity to rein­vent an enchant­ing and whim­si­cal real­ity. Many are the leg­endary cities that have become his pre­ferred sub­jects and their unmiss­able land­marks are aes­thet­i­cally show­cased in a pop art style :

Under an improb­a­ble sky spat­tered with shoot­ing stars and dom­i­nated by a moon strewn with vast craters, the Moulin Rouge surges out of the night like a fairy-​tale cas­tle; against an orange sky, we are able to view the Eif­fel Tower with the Jules Verne restau­rant at its base through new eyes; and a mag­i­cal New York sees the Chrysler Build­ing trans­formed by a green sky at Christ­mas time…Architecture trans­formed
Still recog­nis­able, he trans­forms archi­tec­ture through a vision­ary hyper­re­al­ism, dis­tort­ing the con­tours of build­ings, mak­ing them lean from one side to another, upset­ting the orig­i­nal geom­e­try. The naive and poetic way in which he paints both nature and peo­ple owes much to the art of film ani­ma­tion and the art of illustration.

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