The Works of Ida Tursic & Wilfried MilleJuxtapoz // Thursday, 15 Mar 2012
Ida Tursic (Serbia) & Wilfried Mille (France) currently have an exhibition at Almine Rech Gallery in Brussels, but the duo's entire body of work is both a figurative and abstract look at sex, pop-culture, nature, and fame. Tursic and Mille now work in Dijon, France, creating large-format oil and silver works on canvas.
In describing the essence of the work, Almine Rech press release notes, "In the late 1970s, a series of erotic-pornographic ?lms were made that were set in nature. It was probably a way of capturing a lost dream, a long-forgotten ideal, a longing for a communal utopia – probably also a way of recovering the first experiences of the «Nordic» Films that had triggered so many fantasies. These films created thoroughly unreal scenes: dazed game, dumbfounded squirrels and curious deer observe the lovemaking in its most frivolous to most ritualized forms. Perhaps one of these images of insouciance lies beneath the white grids of I&W – perhaps, on occasion. Spectators are liable to lose themselves, and their quest for meaning can be frustrated. What is hidden in these paintings, and should we seek it out? Are we not faced with an abstraction? What, for heaven’s sake, is there to be seen?'There will be girls and landscapes'."