At first glance, they seem to be freshly painted works, almost wet from the studio. This outstanding performance is no less than the climax of the journey François Mascarello undertook, exploring all possible printing techniques to insinuate body and life into his patterns and materials, all the way to the finest indentations of a brushstroke.
This corpus grants straw, oil-paint and kraft a way to transcend their original state to offer precious and sculptural works. While the artist spent weeks with the machinery to find the best way to allow the finesse of the colours and the richness of the material to stand out, nothing is left to be seen of this quest but the incredible and tangible presence of the work. The relief-painting effect performed by the swelling of the ink, the hypnotising shimmering of metallic silk, the shine of copper, all are wonders to the eye.
Meeting with a solar imagination, that of Garance Vallée. The transposition of her terrestrial and archetypal mythology to the wall with Asteré takes us straight to a place where paint and colour pencils are live. Fascination has just become too hard to elude and so be it.
The collection manoeuvres shapes to a surrealist world, trumps our eye with materials and walks a free line between primordial ceramics and modernist patterns. It almost feels like a utopian anthem as it digs the earth and the many strata of civilisations, excavating stairs, arches, vases, troglodyte alcoves. None of them brought up in their literal sense, always on the verge of meta-amphorisms, carving curiosity. Be ready to experience the signature colour palette of the artist and its luminous natural hues: terracotta, powdery cocoa, burnt spices...
Joining forces to break new aesthetic grounds with Porter Teleo. A stickler for all things dexterous, the duo harnessed the power of Asteré's creative methods and printing processes to represent the subtlest nuance from their colourful and layered paintings. Something new was born, something terribly exciting, avid to create moments of beauty.
Colour is a true queen throughout the collection. Whether by enlivening the shapes of colour field painting, calling careful attention to the golden cracks of a kintsugi or composing balance with abstract expressionism, it yields revelations and surprises aplenty. Courtesy of super-pigmented inks and the most careful choice of paper, depth and movement arise, imparting a true sense of the handmade in each panel. Emotions prevail too: here come freedom, boundary-toppling and large-scale feelings.