'Emptiness, absence, presence, eroticism, violence, anxiety... I was saucer-eyed the first time I saw his world, rich in risks and charms, with its aura of ancient spells. My attraction was confirmed by the counterpoint of the textile paintings that he embroiders without adding pointless insights.'
When Georges Tony Stoll says ‘body’, he’s referring not to the object but to its image. To call an image a body is to give it depth, an inner life. To make it expressive matter. Not, however, matter seeking to express an idea or emotion symbolically or by analogy, and so falling into the trap of mere depiction and metaphor; but rather a matter whose inherent quality is to express. The bodies involved in these works are characterised by extent and movement, as well as by this expressiveness, which in no way overrules the first two qualities and implies no metaphorical suggestion of transcendence. Here meaning circulates and finds expression at the specific level of the body. For Georges Tony Stoll the modernist adventure culminates in this condensing of art into strictly physical and mechanical considerations and devices, in a refusal to submit to rational order or justification.
From the text by Vincent Simon, En parcourant, in Georges Tony Stoll, Dessin infini, éditions Septembre, 2007.
Featured collections : José Alvarez, Agnès B., Luca Lionni, Elisabeth de Rotschild, Jean-Claude Sergues, City of Paris Museum of Modern Art.
He is represented by Galerie Serge le Borgne, Paris.