Pascal Bernier is a Belgian artist dedicated to showing the world a new different sight about animals in his animal sculptures: “ANIMALS – a different perception”.
After a course in art school, the artist decided to live to the rhythm of his age and his temperament. He calls himself “sex, drugs and rock’n roll”. This reinforces him in an impertinence that pre-existed and is growing stronger. His works are spectacular, funny and disturbing.
He is known for the use of expressive media such as video, photography, sculpture painting, and unpublished works made specifically on specimens of the Museum of Natural Sciences of Turin.
The creations are not at all harmful to animals, or definitive, except perhaps for the strength to scratch the equal perceptions of things.
The installations are inspired by a research by Bernier started in 2000, which was very successful in private galleries and at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels.
The works are made with specimens of stuffed animals: tigers, panthers, badgers, leopards, bears at natural height. The intervention on the specimens contains something surprising and salvific, a sort of pietas, for which the souls seem to return to health, escaped and then treated by hunting accidents and brought back to a new dimension of beauty devoid of any fashion decoratives. A sense of immediate empathy unleashes the transformation of animals into works of contemporary art in the visitor, the perception is in fact turned upside down, radically changed. We are no longer faced with mute embalmed specimens but new, awakened subjects not without humor; freed because of a grim refined laughter from the status of trophies.
The animals metaphorically “injured” by the explosion, which took place a few months ago, are “cured” by the artist who, through the use of bandages vivifies them.
A message of hope, for the nature and for the attitude of the man towards him.
Written by Paulo Sousa