To Create Is To Resist
The gallery has lent several works by Peter Kapeller and Melvin Way for their exhibition Créer c’est résister, at the Bibliothèque de Lyon, from October 8, 2015 to January 9, 2016, curated by Thaïva Ouaki.
They found their place in the room presenting the intimate and internal resistances of the artist in his creative process to overcome their own darkness and get out of the confinement by a free and liberating expression.
Discovered in the early 1980s at a homeless center in New York City, Melvin Way is now a key figure in contemporary art brut. Having interrupted his scientific studies because of his schizophrenia, he relentlessly covers fragments of papers of mathematical and chemical formulas, sibylline sketches… These dense talismanic notes, which he treasures in his pockets, exhale a rare magnetism. The 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Critics, Jerry Saltz, considers him “a mystic visionary genius, one of the greatest living American artists.” The artist’s works are now in the collections of the MoMA (New York) and the Smithsonian (Washington).