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— S/S 2017 issue 27

pascALEjandro

Text by Donatien Grau 
Drawings/Azzedine Alaïa Gallery, Paris

 

pascALEjandro is a statement on true art and love. It began as a collaboration — for the sake of love — between the filmmaker and poet Alejandro Jodorowsky and Pascale Montandon, who was to become Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky, painter, stage and costume designer, poetic being. Alejandro drew the lines, which Pascale inhabited and transfigured with colors.

The moves were bold on both parts. Her paintings had been, until then, in black and white. He had collaborated with many of the world’s leading draftsmen, including, famously, Moebius; he was already widely recognized for his films, his poetry, his theater actions, his comics, his acts of psychomagic — but a painter he was not. He could only be one if the painter was not himself, but another being: pascALEjandro.

Drawing on the three final letters of Pascale’s first name and the three first of Alejandro’s, this is a new creative entity, a recreation of Plato’s original androgyne. pascALEjandro lives in an intense world; one could even argue that he functions as a device for intensification. Every drawing brings together sharp colors, making the world much brighter and livelier than it appears most of the time. There are symbolic creatures; there is distance toward groups, belief in the ultimate powers of the individual; there is magic rooted in the human being, the only way into actual transcendence. There is cruelty; there is tenderness; there are so many qualities that make us who we are when we exist as ourselves, truly.

These drawings are manifestos for a conception of life that would be truly humane and essential, and would separate itself from the dissemination of our hopes into the actuality of our lives. Some of them may seem fantasy -like — and yet they are more precisely accurate than any form of so-called realism. There is presence in each of those images and, as such, incitement for us to live our lives in the great lineage of the sacred.

pascALEjandro is by no means formalist art: it is a tool to improve our awareness of things around us and how we circulate amidst them. It is a creating creature, made from art and love, both merging into one mode of exist- ing in the world. And the enfant prodige would hardly limit itself to one form or another: a creature of painting, pascALEjandro is also...

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[February 24 2017] : Art

Oscar Tuazon “See Through” exhibition at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich
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Oscar Tuazon “See Through” exhibition at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich

On view until March 25th at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zahnradstrasse 21, Zürich.

Photo Sonja Berta

[February 24 2017] : Travel

Watts Tower by Simon Rodia, a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural structures made of society’s leftovers, Los Angeles
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Watts Tower by Simon Rodia, a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural structures made of society’s leftovers, Los Angeles

In the deep undocumented past, sea-shelled-creatures fell into the mud surrounding them, and then, squeezed slowly by natural earthly forces, they rose up as rock strata, those white lines visible in the mountain ranges of many a land. Accretion, order, process, flow. Humankind are much fiercer in shaping the face of their surrounds. It is not the Earth’s infinitesimally slow processes, but the the fast-snapping teeth of insidious social pressures that drive our urban structures to rise and fall. Capital and corruption ensure that our streets are caught in a permanent overhaul of construction and demolition, ribbons cut on one corner at the same time as dynamite blasts on another.

Watts in South Central Los Angeles is a deeply layered locale; with... Read More

Text and photo Hannah Bhuiya

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[February 23 2017] : News

Olivier Zahm’s new book “Une avant-garde sans avant-garde” co-edited with Donatien Grau is available now to pre-order!

Olivier Zahm’s new book “Une avant-garde sans avant-garde” co-edited with Donatien Grau is available now to pre-order!

Our very own Olivier Zahm presents his new book “Une avant-garde sans avant-garde – Essai sur l’artco-edited with our longtime friend, critic and scholar Donatien Grau. 

Published by Les presses du réel, this publication is a collection of Olivier Zahm‘s most significant articles about art through the last thirty years, appearing as a crucial key to understand the schizophrenic evolution of the art world and creative scene from the 1990s to present day.

You can now preorder your copy here!

 

 

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