Hervé IC (France – 1970) presenting here the series “Second Light” .
“At first glance, everything seems clear: it is about light in painting, luminosity, reverberation and vibrations. It is about a practice that has been part of the long history of using light, darkness and brightness, Renaissance chiaroscuro or sfumato to mention only one well-known technique today. Yet if we look at this history more closely, we realize that this is more than simply a technique—it is an exercise in transubstantiation in painting. Light is of divine origin. It emanates from a spiritual power. It is the Annunciation to Mary (Annunciation of Cortona) painted by Fra Angelico in around 1430, in which a golden ray literally crosses the composition. It is Ra, the sun god in ancient Egypt. It is Inti, the Incan sun god. It is Louis XIV, the Sun King. It is both extremely simple and a universal ambition. It is both here, elsewhere, now and forever, a cosmogony, a pantheon, a vision of the world, a faith. And so Hervé Ic’s painting raises the question of why our internal flame burns without any religiosity. “
Very short extract from text “Second Light” By Nicolas Audureau, September 2013,
Translated by Françoise Dubois