These days I find it hard to make time for visiting art shows (laziness, creeping old age etc) but a timely tip from a friend grudgingly forced me to drive to Valletta on a Sunday to catch the last day of Gilbert Legrand’s very interesting exhibition at St.James Cavalier.
The exhibition is aptly named Le Grand Show des Petites Choses. Legrand is an illustrator, sculptor and photographer and he excels in all three. Based on what I saw on his website http://gilbert-legrand.com/ most of his illustration is commercial work – very competent in its way but hardly eyebrow raising. The photos are more interesting and closer in spirit to his sculptures.
The “sculptures” are what are on show at St.James. They are mostly ordinary objects transformed into the extraordinary by simple additions and selective painting. Thus a painter’s brush is cleverly turned into an angry rat’s face and the tiny “peg” normally used to rest the brush on the paint container becomes the rat’s ferocious front teeth. A shoe brush becomes a Red Indian chief. A rusty axe has legs added on and some paint used judiciously to become what appears to be a very moody monk.
All disarmingly simple but a brilliant show nonetheless. Indeed a grand show of the ordinary.