Johann Milh’s paintings are inspired by his surrounding scenes. This exhibition looks at certain subjects that he has already broached in his previous shows. However, as it is often the case, previous explorations are combined with more recent experiences of visions, thoughts, research that were enabled by this residency programme. It is a personal story, where historical subjects and familiar images are put into play, in order to underline their presence.
These equivocal canvases, and painted images that he thinks, refusing all authority on the spectator. They offer an experience of a vision, how the viewers perceive.
He is aware of a strong symbolism in Indian representation made of symbols and mythologies. His work, in a certain way, combines similar processes and simultaneously thwarts any literal interpretation. It is first and foremost a question of formal intelligence.
It is mainly a process of painting, of physical and intellectual commitment, of the surface, of the gesture, of light.
The diamond, which is the name of the exhibition, calls upon this, the myths linked to its history, its successive owners, its disappearances, the silent tragedies that accompany it.
This stone that is extracted from the entrails of the Earth, that is handed down, that is sold, given, stolen, to become the symbol of the sacrament of the all-powerful.
You must carve it to extract its essence and reveal its power to capture light. This transitive object, circulating from the workshop to the gallery, from the market to the museum, from the exhibition to the storage.
This strong subject, that appeared during this residency, is here confronted with the Attractions, these palm trees that play with decorative exoticism, by bringing into play the visual seduction and formal gravity of painting that is dripping, spreading.