The history of the modern world is expressed through the works of this prolific and profoundly humanist artist, who was a genius of composition.
An insatiable iconophile, always on the lookout for images (advertisements, news photos, cartoon strips, posters, political documents, icons from the history of art,…), Erró collected and repurposed the images around him like a forerunner of the internet, inventing different kinds of narrative, vocabulary lists, and his own unique grammar and rhetoric.
Collage, a preparatory stage for the creation of his canvases, was a creative activity in its own right.
I see myself as a kind of chronicler, a reporter, in a huge agency that collects together all the images in the world, and I’m there to synthesise them all.
In collaboration with Jean Marchetti, the Fondation Folon exhibited around a hundred works – watercolours, collages, silkscreen prints, paintings and enamelled signs. They provided an insight into the world of Erró who, like an acrobat creating a tremendously rich and complex narrative, condemns the absurdity of contemporary society.
Beyond the immediate effect that the images have on the viewer, certain interpretive codes in the works require the most astute eyes.