Gérard Clisson

"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 in Maulais near Parthenay. Painted or natural, and with indeterminate widths, these industrial materials, manufactured to precise standards, are destroyed and ripped up for his creations. At first the work is created by chance, without any certainty: "In principle, I do not like knowing what I 'm going to do at first, I like to surprise myself," says the artist. Pieces of wood with random shapes are glued onto a square format, providing elements beyond his control.                                

Once the first phase of work is completed, a second ensues which is more structured, with more thought. "I add elements that bring new colours, give rhythm to my paintings," says Gérard. 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. There is a Zen feeling to his work, sometimes like furrows raked in gravel in a Japanese garden. 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.


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Beyrouth / Beirut Beyrouth / Beirut
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Fakhry Bey Street Beirut Souks
Downtown Beirut
00000 Beyrouth
Phone: +961.1.999983

Monday:  10h30 / 19h30

Tuesday:  10h30 / 19h30

Wednesday:  10h30 / 19h30

Thursday:  10h30 / 19h30

Friday:  10h30 / 19h30

Saturday:  10h30 / 19h30

Sunday:  12h / 19h30

Hong Kong Hong Kong
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55 Hollywood Rd
518000 Central Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2630 0080

Monday:  11h-20h

Tuesday:  11h-20h

Wednesday:  11h-20h

Thursday:  11h-20h

Friday:  11h-20h

Saturday:  11h-20h

Sunday:  11h-20h

Hong Kong Central Hong Kong Central
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Shop 216-218, Prince’s Building 10 Chater Road, Central
518000 Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2803 0188

Monday:  11am - 8pm

Tuesday:  11am - 8pm

Wednesday:  11am - 8pm

Thursday:  11am - 8pm

Friday:  11am - 8pm

Saturday:  11am - 8pm

Pékin Pékin
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Red Stone Square, 798 Art Center, No.2 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District
100015 Beijing

Monday:  10h - 20h

Tuesday:  10h - 20h

Wednesday:  10h - 20h

Thursday:  10h - 20h

Friday:  10h - 20h

Séoul Séoul
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Mokdong-store Hyundai Department Store
Mok-1-dong 916, Yangcheon-gu
157-897 Séoul
Phone: +82 2 544-7791

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Thursday:  11h00 / 20h00

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Saturday:  11h00 / 20h00

Sunday:  11h00 / 20h00

Strasbourg Strasbourg
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24, rue du Dôme
67000 Strasbourg
Phone: 03 88 35 86 55

Monday:  14h00 / 19h00

Tuesday:  10h00 / 13h00 - 14h00 / 19h00

Wednesday:  10h00 / 13h00 - 14h00 / 19h00

Thursday:  10h00 / 13h00 - 14h00 / 19h00

Friday:  10h00 / 13h00 - 14h00 / 19h00

Saturday:  10h00 / 19h00

Sunday:  Fermé / Closed

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