This book offers several thematic gateways to Alain Huck's work showing the persistence of the same autobiographic, environmental, historic and linguistic issues in a variety of mediums.
Since 1985, Alain Huck has been exploring a variety of concerns: man's relationship to nature, the dialectic between autobiography and history, the autonomy of matter and that of language. These thoughts take shape through large charcoal drawings, landscapes of ashes or complex scenes juxtaposing multiple images. Fed by recurring literary references, Huck's paintings, sculptures and installations also express the artist's own introspective act. Twists inflicted on language reflect a distrust of the power of language; the ambivalent exaltation of nature resonates with an environmental concern. Through Huck's example we ultimately understand that the work of an artist is made to visually state its relationship to the world while tempting to reach the universal experience.
Co-founder of the M/2 space in Vevey, Alain Huck (born 1957) has participated in the dynamism of the Swiss artistic scene since the 1980s. His drawings are comparable with those of other European artists who refused the categorization of “abstract/figurative.” Over the last years Huck has been making cycles of works on paper, which are simultaneously anchored in his personal life and the reservoir of styles and forms available from the 20th century.
David Lemaire (born 1980 in Namur) is a Swiss art historian. A specialist in the work of Eugène Delacroix, associate curator at the MAMCO from 2012 to 2017, he is the director of the Musée des beaux-arts de La Chaux-de-Fonds.