ARTIST:

Eric Manigaud

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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

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Thursday, 26 November 2020: COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:

Following the UK Government’s latest announcement placing London in Tier 2, Saatchi Gallery will re-open from Wednesday, 9 December 2020. We will re-open with our free entry Ground Floor exhibitions (Philip Colbert: Lobsteropolis and Antisocial Isolation) from December 9. The new dates for our next headline exhibition JR: Chronicles will be announced shortly.

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