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Clisson Gérard | Contemporary Artist: Artworks & Biography

  • Clisson Gérard | Contemporary Artist: Artworks & Biography

Clisson Gérard

  • France
  • Plastician
On principle, I don't like to know what I'm going to do at the start: I like to surprise myself.
Born in 1942 in Saint-Maixent-School (France), Gérard was model maker and scene painter for the theatre. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Salvage materials have an important place in his work, used to make tables, lamps and sculptures. It was for this reason that he was given a commission in 1996 from the City of Roanne (France) entitled "Star War in Roanne" made mainly from salvaged agricultural machinery. In Paris, in the trendy café Chez Lomi, he recently exhibited the creations that have inspired him using coffee filters. An artist as endearing as he is unclassifiable.
"Constructive destruction." Gérard heard this term recently used to describe his work and has to agree: "It suits me perfectly." The artist admits that he needs material to create. In local carpenter shops he salvages strips or hardboard which he transforms in his studio. At first the work is created without any certainty. Pieces of wood with random shapes are glued onto a square format. Once the first phase of work is completed, a second ensues which is more structured. "I add elements that bring new colours, give rhythm to my paintings". Assembled, these modules form parallel paths, but with uncertain horizons aligned rhythmically. The result looks like scales or bark suspended in a void. Colours and accumulations create a real dynamic.
  • 2011
    Solo exhibition
    Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
  • 2004
    Exhibition at Musée des Tumulus
    Bougon, France
  • 1996
    Solo exhibition
    Mojacar, Spain
  • 1988
    Solo exhibition
    Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 1942
    Birth
    Saint-Maixent-l’Ecole, France

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