RCM Galerie is pleased to present an exhibition of drawings by François Trocquet at the next edition of Drawing Now art fair in Paris from 28 to 31 March 2019.
The gallery will focus on the work of Trocquet, born 1959 in Le Havre, France, whose work hinges almost exclusively on drawing. His creations, mostly done in ballpoint pen, are intricate and highly detailed representations. They are both ultra realistic and hyper surrealistic in which the real and the imaginary collide.
One of the series exhibited is the fruit of a residency in Detroit, USA, during which Trocquet turned his gaze on the decrepit and decaying industrial splendor of a city caught in the throes of a changing social and economic shift.
Trocquet’s creative process begins with black-and-white photos. Using those pictures as the starting point, he eliminates and stylizes the landscapes that have captured his imagination, transforming them into an ambiguous inter-zone where the imagination has forced itself onto reality.
Trocquet is amazed by the strangeness inherent in our urban, post-industrial landscape in which the dreams of the past have morphed into disrupted utopias.
Trocquet’s imagination is often grounded in personal experience and memory. This is evident in a series of small “cinematic” drawings, in which urban landscapes are juxtaposed with titles of films the artist has seen and remembers. The pictures’ subtitles are a scenario of shared memories that contrast and underscore the image.