L'odeur de la viande
Artist Novel, 20 x 14,5 cm, 80 p., language : French, publisher : Esperluète édition, ISBN : 9782359840612.
Materials: ink, paper
Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2029/524).
In the same way that the child turns, from one second to the next one, from joy to melancholy, Gregory Forstner tries to formulate the complexity of a sensation in a synthetic image. He doesn't seek to issue a critique, an opinion or to impose a moral in his work; the space of the canvas, like that of writing, is not such a place. Morality would reduce its impact and scope. Forstner's ambition is to achieve a raw, thrilling, irreducible, classical object from sophisticated means.
The truth is unkown. Forstner's way of approaching the world taking into account its absurdity is to be interpreted from his origins: as a (banal) curse from which, probably, he became an artist.
Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice
L'odeur de la viande is part of a wider project about life – which is related to Forstner's artistic practice.
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2007, oil on linen, 162x130cm. Collection Nathalie Trovato. Photo Jean-Luc Lacroix (Musée de Grenoble).
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The Book Lovers
The Book Lovers is a research project on the phenomenon of the artist's novel curated by David Maroto and Joanna Zielińska. The central quest