“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”
Everyday objects do not often exude inspiration, yet for French artist Charles Petillon, the ordinary provokes the extraordinary.
Petillon’s latest series, ‘INVASIONS’, explores our relationship with ordinary subjects, bringing to life neglected places, such as lakes, forests and playgrounds with his signature collection of white balloons. The enchanting display of ‘balloon invasions’ depict dream like landscapes, with our perceptions of ordinary scenes challenged through the mesmeric mirage of white balloons, as Petillon explains:
“These balloon invasions are metaphors. Their goal is to change the way in which we see the things we live alongside each day without really noticing them. It is our way of looking at things that I am trying to transform and revive, and therefore make it possible to go beyond practical perception to aesthetic experience.”
‘Cloud of Balloons', Petillon’s first ever piece of public art work, saw a multitude of balloons installed within London’s historic Covent Garden Market. During its one month stay in the capital the exhibit captured the hearts and imaginations of many, as it was developed to represent the district’s rich history. Petillon’s latest project, ‘INVASIONS, takes on the same precipice, designed to prompt personal reflection and challenge our perceptions of the ordinary day-to-day scenes.
‘INVASIONS’ officially launches alongside a book signing at Colette Paris Gallery on 7th January 2016 and the public exhibit will run until January 30th 2016.