“Point de contact” presents drawings created by French artist Emmanuel Henninger. Living and creating in Armenia for months, the artist does not deviate from his previous interest in landscape, considering it as a witness of human activity.
The landscape is traditionally one of the most classic and emotional
genres of fine arts. When seeing a picture of nature, the viewer
involuntarily identifies himself with the environment, moving mentally
even if it is an unknown but still familiar place.
In an unfamiliar foreign country, nature becomes a means of revising
one’s own local context and perception. What does the image of nature
tell us? Transferring the seemingly entire landscapes to one painting
surface, the first two works are considered very naturalistic and
The two large-scale landscapes are made in a very classical style,
representing the rocks of Geghard and the plains of Jermuk. With an
admiring look typical for a person, the artist conveys the scene in
front of him as comprehensively as possible. They transfer us into the
very place, where you still seek to find a reflection of the origins of
the local society, context, prompting the artist to refer to another
technique, another way of seeing nature.
Consciously, Emmanuel Henninger finds a new point of contact with nature and links it to the new environment. In a series of small ink-dot drawings, the artist explores another way to get to know and interact with nature. If in the case of the first two works we look at the landscape from a bird’s eye view, then here the artist/viewer finds himself standing in front of huge rocks or trees! The question arises involuntarily whether it is not this small part that we often see and identify with our images through monumental images. Is it possible to see the whole thing in an episode?
Sona Hovhannisyan, art critic, curator, October 2021