Selected works by Eric Manigaud

Eric Manigaud
Portrait Clinique #2

2009

Pencil and graphite on paper

170 x 132cm

Drawings that transcribe existing photographs operate on a tension between fast (the photograph fixing the image) and slow (the laborious transcription of something seen), and that contradiction is a way of probing our experience of the visual image and its claim to truth.

Eric Manigaud
Portrait Clinique #9

2010

Pencil and graphite on paper

179 x 133 cm

Eric Manigaud’s drawings reproduce archival photographs on a scale proportionate to the artist’s body, so that his works occupy physical space in a way rarely associated with the photographic image: these are images that exist in our space, and must be negotiated physically. Manigaud’s choice of subject has bodily connotations too: images taken from the State Care and Medical Facility in Weilmünster, in which physically and mentally ill Jewish patients were forcibly sterilised or starved under the Nazis, foreground the human subject as locus of twentieth-century horror.

Eric Manigaud
Portrait Clinique #10

2010

Pencil and graphite on paper

179 x 134 cm

These close-up images overlay various acts of looking: the artist’s tireless scrutiny of the original image, the subject’s wary or wounded gaze at the blank eye of the camera, and the viewer’s own transfixed curiosity, delayed there through the work’s density of mark-making. In Manigaud’s transcriptions of aerial photography, we participate in another loaded look: the Allied bomber pilot over Cologne, gazing down at the peaceful grids of housing and industry, in search of a suitable target. Held at bay from the reality of the scene through the misty scrims of graphite, these images oscillate between the historically distant and the almost unbearably close.

Eric Manigaud
Portrait Clinique #11

2010

Pencil and graphite on paper

179 x 144cm
Eric Manigaud
Cologne 1, 1945

2011

Pencil and graphite on paper

179 x 175 cm
Eric Manigaud
Cologne 3, 1945

2011

Pencil and graphite on paper

166 x 179 cm

Text by Ben Street


Articles

ERIC MANIGAUD
By Galerie van der Mieden

Drawer. Can effortlessly be classified as a hyper realist. His subject matter varies from landscape to crime scene. He handles historical photographs, from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, as an archivist. Each image is minutely deciphered and copied in all its fascinating and horrific detail. Including all mistakes and blurry parts which are contained in the original photographs as well. The most alienating aspect of his work is the large scale he works in. Razor sharp while the original photograph never had this size. His work poses many questions. About the revolting subject of death and disfigurement that is abruptly alternated with drawings based on old photographs of a nature paradise in Africa. About drawing itself, because his work shows a craftsmanship and rigidity we don’t often see. And about being an artist. Does he experience drawing as an exercise to get better and more detailed? Or is it necessity, almost like a question of life or death?

Source: mycontemporary.com