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  • Galerie Celal

Restrictions and Intuitive Freedom

March 12, 2014
Asja Nastasijevic is an Art Historian with the major in Modern Art. She's involved in art writing and criticism for several years now. Art is her passion and writing about it is both work and pleasure. Among modern art movements she loves Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, and POP ART and her favorite artists are Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. She fell in love with Street Art when she first saw ROA’s Sleepy Pigs in Brussels few years ago. Since then, she devotedly explores this form of artistic expression. She hates when someone asks her whether the street art is a real art. What makes any art a real art? Art is an evolutionary act with constant changes in its performance. In Asja’s opinion, the real art is what you want to hang on the walls of your living room, as simple as that. So she wants to hang the works of Ron English, Gaia and ROA above her TV cabinet or to place the artworks of Mark Jenkins and Isaac Cordal next to her sofa. She enjoys bowling and doodling.

A great 4 man show is opening on March 13th at Galerie Celal in Paris with the works of the duo Graphic Surgery, Erosie, and Tomek. The exhibition is titled “Croisement” and represents a junction of three different aesthetics with the same background in graffiti and urban art. The exhibition focuses on the similarities and the differences between the work of Jeroen Erosie, Graphic Surgery and Tomek. The exhibition will run until April 12.

Galerie Celal
Croisement at Celal

Other Territories

Besides their shared background, they have a similar working method, embracing a friction between conceptual restrictions and intuitive freedom. They share the idea that it is important to push the result of the work to the background, looking for new and other territories. Each of them has a past and a present on the walls of the cities they encounter. This triggers them simultaneously to grow away from that in their studio works. Despite these overlaps, the outcome of their creative process is significantly different. This exhibition is the opportunity to cross those different aesthetical creations, results from research and experiments, in which the main rule is to re-­‐explore the concepts linked to a certain idea of freestyle.

Galerie Celal
Croisement at Celal

The Artists

Graphic Surgery duo  was  formed  over  10  years  ago  when  both artists (Erris  Huigens  and  Gysbert  Zijlstra)  realized  they  were photographing the city  in  a  similar  way. Their  work  derives  directly from the  aesthetic of  elements  relating  to  constructing  and  deconstructing the urban landscape. Operating  between  architectural  concepts,  graphic art  and  constructivism,  each  work  turns  out  to  be  an urban kaleidoscope.

Tomek is playing with the diversity of techniques and the distance between the paper and the glass of the frame.

Erosie follows various aesthetic forms and plays with different techniques. When he was drawing bikes in the streets, the result was at the same time a sign coming from calligraphy, lettering, design, comics and graffiti. 

Galerie Celal
Graphic Surgery, Erosie and Tomek