2022 / WE ARE MISERABLE, BUT LOVE, SUDDENLY, SAVES US
Solo exhibition from September 10 to October 8, 2022
Marguo Gallery, Paris
The Romantic poets sought to articulate the monumentality of nature and historical time through the subjectivities of the individual, experienced via minute impressions and emotions that shape the human condition and our experience of this world. Pernot’s work echoes the Romantic impulse to synthesize the ordinary and sublime through lyricism and metaphor.
For nearly two decades, he has been developing a distinctive formal language, nourished by literature, poetry, and mythology that probes questions of eternity, ephemerality, and memorialization across a wide array of media. Particularly important to the artist are the influential roles of fragility and love in such matters. These motifs course through his practice, like veins through marble, which are in themselves mere traces, formed by crystallized minerals deposited by water that once ran through the stone and evaporated.