From 12 October, 2013 to 9 November, 2013
Opening 12 October, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm
French artist l’ATLAS is distinguished by a very personal style, a systematic and geometric lettering in which we find all the spirituality of traditional calligraphy. From the oldest piece of art to the newest processes works, this first solo exhibition at the gallery reveals the richness and diversity of an artist who built over the years an identifiable language between all, between calligraphy and graffiti, writing and geometry.
For several years, I've been trying to fill the space of my paintings playing on the balance between full and empty. I was first inspired by the oriental calligraphic proportions, where white takes three quarters of the space and black one quarter. Then black and white were adjusted to take each half of the space in my paintings. The eye is then asked to read both the full and the empty. It is for this reason that my paintings were at that stage hybrid : they belang to both the history of calligraphy and the kinetic art .
I subsequently screened the full and the void with square grids to blur the readability of the word and, in parallel, to increase the retinal vibration. With hindsight or through photography, the eye sees the ideogram appear and remain, according to the recurring formal structure of my name written this way.
I play on mental structural persistence so from one canvas to another that the eye sees the pattern by superimposing a similar mnemonic form . To this I added different shades of gray to break the flatness often inflicted by the exclusive use of black and white. Gray softens the kinetic effect by increasing the spatial volume of the paint. Finally I realized when making my cryptograms that the steps were often richer, more complex and universal in their abstraction, than the final idea I had initially. It is for this reason that I decided to isolate some of these steps and present them as final works.
In the same spirit, I took away the letters of my name, leaving only two square grids extracted form the ciphertext. I can not go further in the work of the full. I work now by subtraction, to recover the void. Studies on paper of my cryptograms in black marker on screen-printed grilles are also a step in this direction.
By removing my name, I give away the narcissistic spirit of graffiti in favor of a work based on minimum geometric abstraction.
This is how I brought my painting from meticulous calligraphy to abstraction.
Paris gallery :
78, rue Amelot, Paris 11, France
open from tuesday to friday from 11 AM to 7 PM and saturday from 2 PM to 7 PM
ouvert du mardi au vendredi de 11h à 19h et le samedi de 14h à 19h
t:+33 (0)1 45 83 38 51
London Gallery :
61 Charlotte Street, London W1, UK
open from tuesday to staurday from 11 to 7PM
and sunday from 2 to 7PM
ouvert du mardi au samedi de 11 à 19h
et le dimanche de 14h à 19h
t: +44 7521 066 117
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Membre du Comité Professionnel des Galeries d'Art
Shanghai gallery 上海 :
188 Linqing road, Shanghai, China
by Yangshupu Road (North Bund)
Open Tuesday to Sunday - 11AM to 6PM
星期二至星期日 11:00—18:00 （星期一休息）
t: +86 21 5513 9599