He is a Belgian artist globe trotter... from Brussels to
Saint-Barth via Cannes, Christian Lange has lived many lives. Press attaché,
journalist then photographer, he then discovered that he had a great talent for graphic
creations, compositions that weave images and computers, to make colourful films that we watch with greed
and get rid of chromatic powders by shaking our heads after seeing them and seeing them again.
His technique is constantly being refined and recently he has marked his
career with a series of very contemporary but inspired works that form a kind of first synthesis, a bit
like graphic sampling, reminiscent of the DJ's sampling work: Paréidolies. Key images, often portraits
of universal icons, accompanied by dreamlike, diabolically precise backgrounds.
In his mind at least René Magritte is an inspiration for the artist's
work. That's why his portrait is important in the series. The surrealism is found there through the
backgrounds of bright colors, in which everyone will find something different, even if real elements
will make the unanimity of the glances... By raising the eyes towards the sky, everyone can see in the
shapes of the clouds what his glance interprets. It's a little bit the same thing and Christian Lange
plays this part of "pas vu pas pris" with delight. The portrait of the former First Lady of France
takes its full place in this gallery. Carla Bruni, a chameleon artist, asserts herself with her
deep gaze, a more fleshy part of her person and a hair that could turn her into Marianne. But if
you plunge into the background, you'll go hunting for details again. You will see, you will not see, you
will come back to the same place to find something else, even if you think you are losing your mind...
Are you right?
Madonna the lioness, is almost identical to the fine panther that was Marilyn Monroe. Coincidence? Look in her hair, between her fingers, in the back of her eyes... And you'll see, maybe! This is the magic of Pareidolia. You walk through this series a bit like the aisles of an Indian market with spice pyramids. It's like a blind tasting in which our eyes are transformed into taste buds. Every detail has a flavour, reminds us of something, but we can't put our finger on it... And that's what makes it rich! It's the same here and Christian Lange will never give his recipe... He's not even sure if there is one. Surreal, isn't it? A gallery in New York is also observing its evolution very closely. What would Magritte have said about the work of this artist off the beaten track? Maybe just "do I see what I'm looking at"?