The visual poetry of Bertrand Planes
Bertrand Planes is a French artist born in 1975. A former student of the National School of Decorative Arts and the School of Art in Grenoble, he lives and works in Paris, although his favorite place to be remains the mountains.
For his last solo exhibition at the Laurence Bernard gallery, he invented a special device: he created an autonomous and remotely controllable beacon at home. It is visible at night from afar. Sometimes after a mountain climb, he places it in the landscape and, with the help of a switch, this source of light transmits a poem in Morse code which can be seen from the adjacent valleys.
He is currently working on a montage of several such beacons. For this purpose, he adopts the technique of “light painting” and the message produced requires the use of a camera to be decoded. These sources in synchrony are aligned and during long pause and moving recordings, the light flashes leave traces on the photo and draw words.
Once again Bertrand Planes uses the sciences and digital tools for his productions. The pixel, data processing and light sources used in these installations create a parallel and poetic universe that becomes a sort of diffracted critique of our world.
Bertrand Planes : Poème en morse
January 27 to February 25, 2022
Galerie Laurence Bernard
Rue des Bains 37, 1205 Genève, Switzerland