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The gallery presents from April 2 to May 15, 2022 do the write thing #3, the third part of a group exhibition exploring the theme of writing , more than forty works produced by twenty artists. These scriptural compositions invite us to decipher the hidden meaning of works in which the authors use language in various visual forms to express thoughts, emotions, secrets, frustrations, and the quest for another world.

What goes on “in the space between the readable and the visible” – as Michel Thévoz calls it – or in what Dubuffet referred to as “implicit languages”?
What happens when meaning escapes, hidden beneath the profusion of signs? When, writing a drawing or drawing writing, all that counts is to say, to tell, with all the means at one’s disposal.
The risk, no doubt, is that this metalanguage might traverse the sky without hitting any target. Making it even more obvious that no-one other than its author could be the recipient. Unless, unless one of us were to be passing by, ready to be moved by this soliloquy, ready to comprehend, literally to take into oneself this semantic outpouring similar to the “Babelian impulse”. And this someone would de facto become the providential recipient of this sibylline surge, not as an outstanding cryptographer, but as someone who would rediscover in themselves all the potentialities of expression. As able to feel the evocative power of the ideogram, image and text inextricably combined, as in immemorial times, or to enjoy the ramblings in which science and poetry go hand in hand. Or even to experience the little music of graphorrhoeas that unfold like mantras.

Rhythm and composition, in constant tension, seem to want to reveal a new meaning, primal, like a scream. Moreover, as we speak of bursts of speech, should we not speak of bursts of signs? Thus, any glossography would appear to us not as an inability to master the codes of language, but rather as the deep manifestation of an urgency, reinforced by the need to escape reductive conventions. This major deviation allows whoever undertakes it to tread unexplored paths, to bring new answers to unresolved questions; when it is not simply a question of protecting from profane intrusions into the mystery or the sacred that might be revealed there.
 
What is striking in these palimpsests, these magical ciphers, these sedimented words, these hypnotic iterations, these secret terms, these asemic writings, is the formidable plasticity of a primordial language that would contain all the others.
As Jean-Marie Gallais writes, “The signifiers end up being detached from the signified, and become music for the eyes”.

do the write thing : - © christian berst — art brut
do the write thing : - © christian berst — art brut
do the write thing : - © christian berst — art brut
do the write thing : - © christian berst — art brut
do the write thing : - © christian berst — art brut
do the write thing : - © christian berst — art brut
Artworks
Please contact us to inquire about the available works.
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Harald Stoffers untitled, 2015
59.45 x 177.56 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Dwight Mackintosh untitled, 1980
7.87 x 5.51 in
untitled (Saint-Martin’s period) - © christian berst — art brut
Michel Nedjar untitled (Saint-Martin’s period), 2019
11.42 x 8.27 in
Joseph Lambert untitled (serie 1), 2016
14.96 x 7.48 in
Jean Perdrizet untitled (espéranto dessiné), 1970
25.2 x 19.29 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Jorge Alberto Cadi untitled, 2019
7.87 x 9.84 in
Artists
Jean-Daniel Allanche - © christian berst — art brut
Jean-Daniel Allanche
Gaston Chaissac - © © A. Laurent, christian berst — art brut
Gaston Chaissac
Jesuys  Crystiano - © christian berst — art brut
Jesuys Crystiano
portrait of john devlin - © christian berst — art brut
John Devlin
portrait of josé manuel egea - © christian berst — art brut
José Manuel Egea
portrait of pepe gaitàn - © christian berst — art brut
Pepe Gaitán
Ken Grimes - © christian berst — art brut
Ken Grimes
josef hofer drawing - © © florian moser, christian berst — art brut
Josef Hofer
john urho kemp - © anonymous, christian berst — art brut
John Urho Kemp
Joseph Lambert - © christian berst — art brut
Joseph Lambert
Ramon Losa - © christian berst — art brut
Ramon Losa
portrait of dwight mackintosh - © christian berst — art brut
Dwight Mackintosh
kunizo matsumoto - © christian berst — art brut
Kunizo Matsumoto
John Patrick McKenzie - © © Peter Prato, christian berst — art brut
John Patrick McKenzie
portrait of oscar morales - © christian berst — art brut
Oscar Morales
Momoko Nakagawa - © christian berst — art brut
Momoko Nakagawa
Michel Nedjar in his workshop - © christian berst — art brut
Michel Nedjar
Jean Perdrizet - © christian berst — art brut
Jean Perdrizet
harald stoffers - © christian berst — art brut
Harald Stoffers
Catalog
Do the write thing read between the lines #3
Do the write thing : read between the lines #3 - © christian berst — art brut

Text : Jean-Marie Gallais
Forewords : Christian Berst
Catalog published to mark the exhibition do the write thing : read between the lines #3, from April 2 to May 15, 2022.

This catalog will be available at the gallery and online on April 26, 2022.

Press review
Los héroes de ‘Paracuellos’ viajan a Londres para una exposición sobre 125 años de cómics y orfanatos
Conxa Rodriguez, Publico. April 15, 2022.
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