UGO SCHILDGE

French artist Ugo Schildge graduated from the Beaux Arts in Paris in 2014. He has an interest in urban history, using inspiration from industrial neighborhood, construction sites, or found objects from the streets to inform his work. Using his own photographs of urban landscapes or day life sceneries, he animates his images by incorporating cogwheels as a metaphor of time but also to question the relationship between man and the machine. By having the cogwheels move continually, Schildge brings about the idea of eternity in contrast to one’s own mortality and touches upon the concept of progress and evolution. Mechanics, like mankind, can be affected by something incredibly minor, but machines are also intensely strong forces that can continue on indefinitely sometimes well beyond man’s life spam time. In some of his works, human figures or animals are animated by the cogwheels -thereby making a parallel between bodies and machines. In other works, he juxtaposes classical art images with the cogwheel to evoke times movements alongside art. Man has created both art and machine, but how well do both withstand the test of time?