REGNER has left us a large collection of engravings
which describe the same themes as most of his paintings, though, they
also, at times, address new themes not found in his paintings.
The maze of the automatic drawing, flowing undulations or merciless
lasso, hypnotizes the viewer and makes him more receptive to the piece
of art; in the paintings, he plays with the opulence of shapes and
colors, but in the engravings, he delivers us the artist on edge.
Dizzying Maelstrom, he takes us to a world, at first aleatory but
where, suddenly, the form and the imperious necessity of the evidence
impose themselves. The artist plows the metal of the copperplate
leaving a fierce impression, a furrow made by the point or the burin.
That metal, once the surface has been wiped, refuses any easy effects
of ink or 'veil'. Naked art. The mystery in bright light. But, when a
mystery is revealed, only a few can see it, and there again, it is the
work of the little monsters.
This is how REGNER's work appears, mysterious, meditative and profound,
curious and indiscreet, grotesque and comical, but always of
Published in the magazine BONONIA, n°18 of the first semester 1991,
Boulogne-sur-Mer Museum's Friends' Association's newsletter.
Translated into English by Dan Harder and Christine Lemor-Drake.