LES VOYAGEURS, WHO ARE THEY?
Bruno Catalano / Modus Gallery
Originally trained as an electrician, Bruno first encountered sculpture in a clay class with Françoise Hamel in Marseille. The artistic influence of Italian sculptor Bruno Lucchesi gave further inspiration in the young sculptor’s fingers. The idea for his allusive travelers (Les Voyageurs) was born from a mistake on a sculpture of Cyrano, which prompted him to dig a hollow in his chest – thus turning the painful realization of a mistake into the birth of a new path. In 2005, Bruno Catalano produced his first exhibition of torn travelers in Paris, which was an instant success.
Aesthetically, these pieces are simply mesmerizing. Wounded travelers, torn between this world and another, they move quietly, leaving a sense of uneasiness in the viewers’ minds. Contrary to what we might expect, these travelers are not anonymous. They are often artists, starting with Vincent Van Gogh recognizable by his red beard. Often made as a two-piece structure, they represent a mosaic of each individual, turn between two worlds, suggesting a surreal, levitating presence which is not really here, but not really anywhere. With the present day relevance of displacement of humanity, Catalano’s sculptures strike a very personal and relevant not, challenging the viewer’s perception. Enigmatic and full of emotion, they make us see the world of as a poetic journey – and always with baggage.
Bruno Catalano / Modus Art Gallery