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.
Peter Kapeller was forced to abandon his studies for a planned career in heating engineering following a severe mental health crisis. His care was taken over by Austria’s social services who provided Kapeller with a tiny shared flat in Vienna. The apartment was decorated with the bare minimum of furniture: a bed, a cupboard, a shelf, and a table. “I draw in my ghetto”, he explains. The artist draws in the quiet hours of darkness, spending his time meditating and reminiscing. The books he has read and his past studies provide rich source material for his art which occasionally take the form of protest letters aimed at the administration in charge of his care. The strength of the works […]
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).