What do you get when you cross one artist's fascination with collage and botanical art with a collection of vintage pin-ups from the 1970s and 80s? In the case of Paulo Giardi's work, the result is more tasteful and thought-provoking than you might imagine. His on-going series You Can Learn a Lot of Things From the Flowers, comprising 66 delicate cut-outs is presented at this Paris solo show.
The artist's intervention in the printed objects — a feat of the most intricate composition and cutting — has radically altered the act of looking required of the viewer of these soft-core adult images. Some are obscured to the point of complete abstraction of the photograph, shifting their recognisable pictorial form completely to a botanical silhouette. Others prompt a process of deciphering, that nods to the scrutiny of form practiced by the maker of botanical images. All set up a conversation between the artist's process of decoding and reconfiguring and the viewer's process of disentangling and interpretation.