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Patrick Corillon

Galerie Des Archives

At the heart of the recent so-called “fictionalist” tendency, Patrick Corillon, a young Belgian artist, has managed to achieve what is accomplished so perfectly in film: an understanding of the delectable connection between reality and narrative. It is not that Corillon’s work is cinematographic; rather he takes part in a distinctly Belgian tradition of surrealism, which explodes the categories of language and objective reality.

In Corillon’s work, the often difficult encounter between the realms of literature and reality, which animates so much of contemporary art, arises from a sort of ethnology of narrative. He guides our attention through new lands—cultural and scientific continents—that are absolutely astounding yet entirely probable. No one would believe his stories, although the material proof is right before our eyes; this, for Corillon, is the work of art.

This show is, in a way,

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