Philippe Ramette’s work offers off-kilter and quirky perspectives on the world. Returning to the codes of classical sculpture, Philippe Ramette has created a set of five Éloges (“Odes”) that can be found throughout Nantes. At the Château, Éloge de l’adaptation takes a sloped terrain and corrects the vertical posture of his trademark man in a suit, who bears a striking resemblance to the artist.
Philippe Ramette’s work – whether it is his drawing, sculpture, or photography – plays with skewed perspectives on the world. Elegantly dressed in his trademark black suit, he is known for depicting himself, often appearing upside-down in a right-side up world, and vice versa.
Defying the laws of gravity and logic without ever resorting to special effects or illusions, Philippe Ramette holds his pose “naturally,” walking horizontally on the trunk of a palm tree (Promenade irrationnelle), floating in the air (Lévitation rationnelle) contemplating the horizon upside-down while sitting on a cliff (window sill?) (Contemplation irrationnelle), studying a map while taking a stroll along the bottom of the sea (Exploration rationnelle des fonds sous-marins : la carte), and so on.
Philippe Ramette questions reality in its most tangible and physical aspects with his “irrational experiments”. Like a dandy waltzing through different time periods, he defies rationality and offers an absurd, metaphysical vision of the world. To do this, he invents and creates a whole mess of objects – especially prosthetic limbs allowing him to contradict the codes ruling our earthly lives: low/high, under/over, small/big, in front/behind... In Philippe Ramette’s world – somewhere between comedy and tragedy – everything is a tale of acquiring new perspectives and contemplative attitudes on the world and its landscapes.
For Nantes, Philippe Ramette has decided to present a series of Éloges (“Odes”). Returning to sculptural codes, his different Éloges do not pay tribute to the glory of a man, but to an attitude.
Les Éloges can be seen in Passage Pommeraye, Cours Cambronne, at the Château des ducs de Bretagne, Passage Sainte-Croix, Place Bouffay.
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