Guillaume D’Agaro: Speaking Through Layers

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Guillaume D’Agaro is a French mixed-medium visual artist, besides being an elementary school teacher at The French International School of Yangon.

“Energy and motion made visible – memories arrested in space,” a phrase from Pollock, describing his own work. We delve into an almost Freudian concept of our subconscious and how we can feel an attachment with a painting.

Guillaume is, in fact, very different compared to Pollock – both in style and aesthetic. Nevertheless, the phrase above compromises Guillaume’s motif and concept perfectly. He and Pollock have different backgrounds, like how the person writing this and the person reading this could have very little in common. How can we relate to one another, subconsciously, without prolonged conversations and tedious socializing? How can we have something we can share – aesthetically?  

Memory 2 – Courtesy of the artist

Born in Vannes and with an extensive background in academy art in Belgium and Slovakia, but never in France, he became fascinated by modern and contemporary art more than classical. The Belgium artistic educational system was perfect for him as it encouraged him to perform mixed media and installations.

 “I was more sensitive to the aesthetic of things. We had one or two classes of Intro to Philosophy and it just really fits me,” he says with a cheerful smile.

Moving to Egypt and then to Myanmar was a transitional period for Guillaume’s snowball of artistic capability as it can be seen in most of his works, which are layered, something he tells me, “takes ages to dry.” A layer of both acrylic and oil paint a day for countless layers seems to be a very mentally tiring process. His works are layered because, in fact, his creation, his thoughts, and his experiences throughout his life are, in a sense, also layered. 

Guillaume’s solo exhibition “Post-it” at Pansuriya will be exploring the concept of memories and have different types of people coming in and questioning themselves. “If I affected, at least one or two people with my art, I’ll be happy and feel as if I’ve done my duty.” The confusion between what we have in common and the differences, that is what Guillaume is trying to explain, embrace and portray. 

Reminiscence 1 (Diptych) – Courtesy of the artist.

In one of his paintings, “Reminiscence 1,” a cacophonous mixture of very bright pink, mellow bluish-green, and a tangy orange bloom is “suspended” upon a whitewashed canvas. To reminisce, looking back to a more nostalgic time; reminded by times of serenity and pleasure while being grounded by the harsh metallic matte black layered on top. Maybe this is a distorted scene of something you’ve seen before but never really gotten to remember?

Guillaume can be contacted at [email protected]

Visit his exhibition “Post-it / Guillaume D’Agaro at Pansuriya Art Space from September 5 to 11 daily at 9am – 6pm.

Pansuriya  – No (100) Bogalay Zay Street, Botahtaung Township, Yangon

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