Éric Antoine

Éric Antoine

Eric Antoine presents an introspective photographic work, culminating in a series of
exhibition and the publication of ensemble seul.
For nearly 10 years, the artist has devoted himself to the collodion process on glass,
placing the tangibility of images at the very heart of his quest.
In an approach nearing sculpture, Eric Antoine produces glistening, silvery photographs that also stand alone as objects. Without the slightest hint of nostalgia, his process is an emancipating discipline.
By ensuring that he is fully in control of his process, the photographer operates an ideal merging between form and spirit, between artistic research and its most intimate history. Antoine’s work as an artist cannot be dissociated from his life, whether in its most mundane aspects or its fundamental quests.

He questions the fleeting nature of time, memory, the healing
of scars – and hope, ever discreet and unwavering. Symbols and allegories trace the geography of the photographer’s spirit.
The feeling of isolation, a true thread of his work, reveals the choice of a life
in the heart of the Nature , far from the roar of the world. his loneliness is as beneproductive as it is fertile.
It is a distancing that leaves to see the world and its drift with clairvoyance. The stillness and silence of Eric Antoine’s photographs contrasts with the images of a world of competition
and imposed rhythms. All in suggestion and subtlety, the artist’s works strongly denounce the quest for sensational.
From this reflection is born a quest for an ever more thorough purity. The simplicity of its dead natures
the purity of its landscapes reflect an obsessive minimalism. The gaze, cleared of
this overly disruptive, finally arises on the beauty of a spot of light, the delicacy of a pile of forgotten papers, the light on a vial, a reflection on the skin…

The artist patiently strives to show an objective reality, without ever getting away from an aesthetic sublimation. At the sight of his precise representations of objects, we might believe
At the sight of his precise representations of objects, we might believe Paradoxically, however, he sometimes embraces the flaws, runs and whims of the wet Collodion, thus approximating a
more Pictorialist approach.
Eric Antoine’s photographic practice is actually satellite. His work synthesizes to better circumvent these two currents of art history a priori irreconcirable. In doing so,
He questions the status of the image in our contemporary societies, denounces the torments of the world and invites us to delight in the most simple and hidden beauties.

Born in 1974, Éric Antoine is a French self-taught photographer.
At the release of adolescence, he discovers his passion and puts all his energy to explore
the possibilities of film photography. He goes to meet the world, people and
urban landscapes according to its many journeys.
Fifteen years and thousands of pages of magazines later the life of Éric Antoine
takes a brutal turn. In 2010, he chose the tranquility of a house in the countryside,
away from the chaos of the cities. t slows down its pace considerably and focuses on life and Nature in their simplest appearances. For 5 years, he only photographed his environment
near, within his house. This period of voluntary isolation will give rise
to to the book ensemble seul end 2015.
Driven by a desire to return to the sources, Éric Antoine is dedicated to processes
photographic works and to his artistic work which has become more pictorial and bucolic. Far from any retrograde will, he wants to take the time,
with patience and discipline, to push the the technical and aesthetic perfection of his photography in a contemporary way.

In recent years, Éric Antoine concentrates his work on the ancient technique of wet Collodion. Each stage is managed by the artist, from the preparation of the chemistries to the final framing, through the multiple constraints of a capricious technique. Everything comes from a singular Alchemy, and the use of primitive photographic material strengthens the
feeling of absence and tranquillity in his photographs. These images on glass, fragile result of laborious work, firmly control the contemporary “digital flood” that Éric Antoine denounces.
n his exhibitions there are reccurent themes the flight of time, the quest
artistic and existential simplicity. Fragments of reified bodies rub shoulders with anodins of everyday objects raised to the rank of jewels. The question of the materiality of the image remains at the heart of the artist’s research. Far from any nostalgia, the process of the wet Collodion is here
an emancicipatory discipline. In a quasi-sculptural approach, he delivers real photographs-
objects, mirrors and silvered.
Éric Antoine exhibits his photographs in galleries and museums in France, Europe and the United States


Son travail

His works

Ensemble seul

Ensemble Seulstaged the series of photographs carried out by Éric Antoine 2010 to 2015, in the bucolic space of his country house, where he took refuge after the disappearance of his companion.

Book-Homage to the loved one, it gives to see what remains despite the absence, the flight of time and an artistic and existential quest of simplicity and counting.

Preface by Hélène Conesa, curator at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, in charge of the contemporary photography collection, accompanied by a text byVanessa Schmitz Grucker, author and journalist.