All Art is Quiete Useless
Leah Stuhltrager, 2008


Laurent Ajina likes to put things in our way. Rather than present the obvious, Ajina implies the abstract - or obscure - physicality of objects with minimal drawings. His unidentifiable linear compositions reflect the familiar. Lines are out of context yet construct visual references within viewers’ imaginations. One’s mind reverts to seeing a car, a room’s interior, a landscape...Conjuring innumerable and personal cultural references within an individual viewer is what inspires Ajina’s work, giving it a purpose. Separating meaning presented on canvas, paper or in his sculptures from meaning derived from the viewer, Ajina’s lines visually reference Oscar Wilde’s statement, »All art is quite useless.«