Luis Maluf


The series of 15 paintings reveals fragments of walls recreated by the French artist Gasediel (1969 -). Outside of their context, they induce the interlocutor to make a “pause” in this aesthetic of the street. Gasediel recomposes urban extracts and discusses another view on public space. The eye, usually very stealthy, is thus encouraged to scrupulously observe these subtly framed narratives. Gasediel points the adult’s gaze to “the wall, forbidden refuge, [which] gives voice to all that without him would be condemned to silence” (Brassaï).

If Gasediel had not appropriated this aesthetic poetics, would you have seen her?

“Au Pied du Mur” also because, this same adult, stifled his creative ability. The pursuit of the result and judgment of the third parties were certain of their spontaneity. Arthur Cravan, however, warned from 1914: “In the street, we will soon see only artists, and we will have all the work in the world to discover a man.” In order to raise a reflection on the adult’s persistence of the creative power of childhood, in some paintings of this series, Gasediel has associated a creative child figure.

Playing with discernment of the expression of the aforementioned, Brassaï “The language of the walls”, Gasediel creates a certain freedom of composition – in bringing elements of the street – as it presents only a single technique: painting. No collage, take-off or stolen elements in the street, no layer, laceration of posters, incisions, stencils … It is through the paint, but in a textured support (layer of concrete or cement) that Gasediel makes the essence of this urban matter corroded by time.

Bring permanence to this ephemeral urban art, create a graphic and calligraphic heritage through palimpsestos that preserve the ardor of the gesture of Street Art, and frame each work in an acute way (deprived of its urban environment, the fragment allows to open the eyes of the viewer , allows to leave the representation) … The work of Gasediel offers the aesthetic experience of a new dynamic of contemplation of an art “in the open”!

Curating and text: Gaëlle Pierson