contemporary art

Gum /   Unknown

France 1976

Urban Art, Street Art, Sculpture, Painting, Design

February 23, 2015

Gum is a moniker of a French urban and street artist, born in 1976. Originally from Marseille, Gum was involved in the street art movement in the 1990s, and, for years now, he ventures into the world of studio works.

Under the disguise of colorful characters and shapes, the world of Gum is primarily subversive. His universe is made out of plastic creatures, misappropriation of large inflatable figures and marketing nymphs. Often in his detailed paintings the plastic-made figures are depicted as melting and dripping, addressed to cause awareness of such themes as global warming and human impact on the natural environment.

Gum’s work focuses on two themes that he sees as being central to the modern lifestyle – consumerism and sex. Importantly, he argues that the only resistance to these two forces lies in the refusal to grow up. All of these ideas are evident in his artworks, in which his figures have a provocative and controversial mixture of childhood references and sexual connotations. The plastic from which these sculptures are made represents the consumerism that grips today’s society.

Most of the paintings are inhabited by some of the most favorite cartoon and video game characters like Sponge Bob and Hello Kitty, with a few randomly placed objects like guns and bombs, giving the paintings a sense of danger in the midst of happy and chaotic times.

Gum subsequently shifted his focus to paintings and other artworks that focus on toys. He now focuses primarily on sculpture and photography to continue this idea of turning the world into his own playground. Gum’s artwork has been featured at exhibitions in Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona and Paris, among others.

The artist lives and works in Paris.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2013Cosmopolitan CollectiveGallery Has Down, Montpellier, FranceGroup
2012X-tra GelatinousGallery Tower, Paris, FranceSolo
2012Eroticism everywhere and especiallyHotel Particulier, Montpellier, FranceGroup
2011Deck'On Street ArtGallery Celal, Paris, FranceGroup
2011PhotosLa Villa Rouge, Montpellier, FranceGroup
2010Vaginarama VibesMontpellier, FranceSolo
2010IdiocracyArt Gallery 22, Brussels, Belgium Group
2009Kunst im treasure CollectiveMunich, Germany Group
2009The World of Urban Contemporary ArtJen Zen, Aalborg, Denmark Group
2009We are back CollectiveIntoxicated Demon, Berlin, Germany Group
2009Fize TrophyMontpellier, FranceGroup
2009GumThe Surf Galery, Biarritz, France Group
2009AuctionHouse LECLERC, Marseille, FranceGroup
2009AuctionMillon auction, Paris, FranceGroup
2008Inflame me I'm famousMontana Shop, Montpellier, FranceGroup
2008400 ml CollectiveHouse Steelworkers, Paris, FranceGroup
2008Sprayskool with Zest, Mist & HonetMontana Shop, Montpellier, FranceGroup
2007GumInstallation Gallery Etc, Montpellier, FranceSolo
2005Biennial of young creators of EuropeNaples, ItalyGroup
2001New Art Direction with Supakitch & KoralieGolf Massane, Montpellier, FranceGroup
2001IKEART with Supakitch & KoralieGallery of the Old Fencing, Montpellier, FranceGroup
2001Queestom Show with Posh & BruskPapyspray, Lyon, FranceGroup
2001Urban Art CollectiveSumai Café, Paris, FranceGroup