“I reinterpreted the idea with contemporary concepts such as politics, art, fashion and society,” says Poulain. “It is a graphic reflection on the image, the sign and the venerated, a world of new religions and tribes.”
Poulain says he came up with the idea after visiting the Musée Guimet in Paris. “I was impressed by the detailed sculptures and the venerated gods from Asian countries. With this inspiration in mind and a fascination for the Art Brut, I have created this series.” Poulain’s somewhat idiosyncratic choices for veneration include the tv test card, fashion designers Gareth Pugh, Victor & Rolf and Comme des Garçons, and the Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building.
Totem 49 will be at the Kemistry Gallery from June 4 to July 18.