THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS
OF SERGE DELAUNE
By Emmanuel Pons, writer, visual artist
Why does Serge Delaune tortures mass books? Why does he attack a
Bible or a missal? This is the wrong way to question his work whose
artistic evolution shows well that he does not respect either Mao or
Jesus. What inspires him is the "objet-book".
Other artists work to create traditional "artists books" with texts and
drawings, creatives mind collect, seal, write books while Serge Delaune
simply tortures them! Using nails, shattered glass, bronze, he gives them
a new, authentic beauty, free from superficial opportunity: the kind of
beauty described by Kandinsky as the one "touching the soul". No lines,
no painting, no engraving or collage - at most some reaping of paper -
not even a signature... except from the last memobooks, a red-wax seal
on the cover : "I".
Did he do it in purpose? For this seal is only stamped on the golden
memo books, pierced with seven nails, his series of Seven Deadly Sins,
is it a sign of him, unconsciously confessing his humanity? Would he
admit through the matter, to be a part of what we all are? The artist
claims this signature as his real "me", as if it were more important,
more real for him to sign "I" than "Serge Delaune".
Is he hiding behind what he really is? Showing does not necessarily
equals being really seen. Seeing through somebody is no easy task,
it needs to spear, to drill through the armor and that is what Serge
Delaune achieves today: he spears the books and forces us to look at
them in a different way? And finally, we see them.