From October 10th to November 27th 1999
In the course of his readings, Sylvain Solaro selects–Biblical citations, critical texts, articles from the press and makes himself a repertory of “rages” bringing together news items, shocking, gratuitous violence, pretentious aestheticisms, idiotic advice. Similarly, subjects his private world in review and photographs favourite objects and models that he renders unreal through fragmented shots and colour changes.
Like an entomologist in search of rare butterflies, Solaro tacks these selected bits that he seems to want to classify by species into boxes, creating comparisons that are both ironic and poetic. These makeshift boxes are like photographic reliquaries; recalling the popular icons of the Middle Ages, they give their content a sacred aspect on the edge of the absurd.
Solaro’s intimist work is taking a turn toward more “involved” art, but his vision of the world is still fed by his pronounced taste for a Surrealistic game of mirrors recalling that of the Joseph Cornell.