The title of this show, ‘The Necessary Illusions’, reminds us of Nietzsche’s conviction that art and religion are indispensable for the survival of thinking people. For Paul Reniere and Martine Depla, however, the title refers to the mysterious, illusionary character of the images that got trapped in the texture of their paintings: impalpable and concrete at the same time. It also refers to the joy they experience during the act of painting. “Sometimes,” they told me, “something happens and the painting takes its final shape without being really finished. It decides to impose itself somewhere between a finished and an unfinished state, unalterable, incomprehensible, but moving.” Reniere and Depla’s paintings are woven. The intensity of the colours is built up slowly. Very thin layers of white covering the complete surface of the canvas push the colours back, very thin layers of colour bring them back to the fore. Thus all the different parts of the composition are united by a common texture. Here and there the act of painting reveals itself in parts of the image which seem to be dissolving in the reflecting light. Very often, the image contains several layers of depth, but never without them being woven within the same texture. In these paintings transience seems to become tangible: frozen and fleeting at the same time. Captured and free. Wondrous.

Hans Theys, Montagne de Miel, 29 September 2016