Erik Pevernagie - "Absence of Desire"





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Published on Jun 23, 2013

We stand here in front of "Absence of Desire",a painting by Erik Pevernagie.

We may wonder : "Who feels the absence of desire? ".

The absence is not explained by the decomposed, half-naked, headless female bodies. It is not confined to the painting.

On the contrary, the absence of desire gradually invades the beholder who is in front of the painting.

The artistic approach of Erik Pevernagie, the requirements of the composition, the structure of the canvas with its transversal lines and diagonals remind us of the stained glasses of cathedrals.

You know, these large needles of the cathedrals tearing the blue of the sky in their search of god. . The beauty of stained glass removes all the thoughts of a physical world which surrounds man.

One can say that Erik Pevernagie's "stained glass" rejects the body and is pointed out by outlines rather than depicted. The body is rejected in the same way as the Middle Ages rejected the body while they were accentuating the face which was transformed into an icon. The metal framework of the "stained glass" is transformed into a kind of cage, a sort of grid which imprisons the body.

But with Erik Pevernagie this rejection of the body leads us into a dead end: there are no faces, no heads: their absence precisely underlines the body which has to be denied.

In the course of the centuries the human body has been admired for its beauty and its plasticity. Man has appreciated the joy of the flesh. But the body has also been rejected and even perverted.

Erik Pevernagie's painting represents the indifference, the insensitivity towards the human body and woman's body in particular. It outlines man's asexuality and inaction.

Pevernagie himself says: "Contemporaries are convinced, they know the world inside out. They have tasted life in all its aspects and feel now that they are at the end of their tether. They are tired and are no longer able to invent themselves. At most, they are prepared to call upon some gadgets in order to create a pretense of desire. But this is only deception. Nothing can make them want anything or anybody." anymore. That feeling of wanting has become absent. That specific feeling has definitely died.".


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