APRIL / MAY 2020
MARSEILLE / PARIS
In this very special period we had the idea of offering you a virtual solo show per week. In association with our artists we will present to you every week a new exhibition mixing new works and historical pieces.
Cédrix CRESPEL’s painting is a sensual odyssey. He adapts images of independent and passionate women who defy roles that society wants to give them. He teaches us, whether we like it or not, to get rid of our certainties to enter a universe where his women love to be coveted in this way. From the tension in desire to the obsessions haunting him, Cedrix Crespel implies the sexual in the sensual, and the reverse.
Since 2016 its work axis is structured around the « correspondence », « the new Entity » that the couple generates in art and finally the iteration and seriality of the image.
MARKUS GENESIUS – DIGITAL DOES
ArtCan Gallery Paris is proud to present an exhibition of two European artists: Markus Genesius and Digital Does.
On the one hand, Markus Genesius, an artist who has been active in the field of German graffiti since the 90s. He has been interested in abstraction for ten years and in particular the television target PM5544 19 1966/67. With his works, he demonstrates how topical constructivist ideas are.
On the other, Digital Does, Dutch artist, discovered and became passionate about graffiti in 1997. For several years, like an archaeologist, he has made graffiti a discipline in its own right, working on the different layers of walls that he retransmits in his works entitled “Bricks”. It pierces, it scales and works on the walls, whose geographic coordinates it keeps, which it paints with an aerosol spray.
With this exhibition, the artists emphasize the intimate relationship between graffiti and abstraction by scratching, working, looking for what is under the material like a scientist. Empirically, Digital Does works his sculptures and Markus Genesius deepens further his research of constructivist approaches with contemporary art.
Toxic . L’Atlas . Spyk . Wow123 . Kurar . F Bourdiec
FEBRUARY 4TH – MARCH 6TH 2020
After two years in Marseille, it was time for ArtCan Gallery and its artists to thank the city for his welcome.
As a tribute to this city symbol of all that makes the Mediterranean beauty, the artists TOXIC, L’ATLAS, KURAR, SPYK, WOW123 and F.BOURDIEC produced works with the inspiration from everything which makes up the Marseille identity.
From the calanques to OM, from the Bonne Mère to the old port … it will only be a question of Marseille seen through the creative lens of American, Belgian, German and of course French artists.
Each of them having known the city during exhibitions organized by ArtCan Gallery in previous years.
NOVEMBER 20TH – DECEMBER 20TH 2019
Thought as the meeting between three urban poets, the exhibition TRIANGLE will honor Levalet, Herard and Agrume. Linked by the similarities of their respective works, confronted by their own characteristics and their universes they will do us the honor to be present the evening of the opening.
ArtCan Gallery gave them “carte blanche” for this event.
TRIANGLE represents a new way to create a group show, each of the artists has realized six works that he then sent to the other two (3 and 3) so that they can respond by creating three works each. Real artistic dialogue where works replace words, the exhibition will be an opportunity to follow this artistic correspondence of a new genre.
For the impatient, the catalog will be available by the end of next week. Then register by clicking on the link below!
NOWHERE BUT HERE
OCTOBER 10TH – NOVEMBER 7TH 2019
It’s the story of a road trip across the United States aboard an old Buick. A kid’s dream, as in American movies. Scroll the miles, eat the dust, walk the open spaces, looking for what?
No humans, that’s for sure. Place to silence, to the rain colored by the lights, to the morning mist on the background of desert landscapes.
At every street corner, the same drugstores, the same motels, the same signs throughout the country.
The weather is frozen and if we are certain to be in the US, we do not know exactly where we just set foot as the aesthetics is immutable.
The hyperrealism of the depicted scenes flirts with the dream and the fantastic, these unreal colors plunge us into a cinematic atmosphere inviting us to doubt and reflection. Like nowhere else.
NOWHERE BUT HERE will be the opportunity for SPYK to present his work simultaneously in Marseille and Paris. The exhibition will begin on October 10th with an opening in our gallery located 18 rue Dragon in Marseille and will remain on display until November 7th. From October 15th a second part of the show will be presented 19 rue de Turenne in Paris during the contemporary art fair URBAN ART FAIR SOLO until October 20th.
SEPTEMBER 12TH – OCTOBER 7TH 2019
From September 13th to October 7th, 2019, ARTCAN GALLERY welcomes a committed artist. KURAR gives us a critical and personal look at the world today. Acerbe, nostalgic and melancholy, the artist deals with difficult and sensitive themes through poetic constructions.
Keeping the touch of the vandal techniques of the urban period, KURAR applies his stencils on the canvas in order to awaken consciences or, at least, to highlight certain issues that affect the artist: society, politics, ecology …
KURAR transports us into the ambivalence of his poetic universe.
These works tinged with black humor and derision create the prowess of irony on subjects staging the inequalities and misdeeds of Man. He puts on his canvases references to the isolation of being in the face of a nature that is dying because of a decadent humanity that detaches itself from the primary values of our existence.
JUNE 13TH – JULY 12TH 2019
ARTCAN GALLERY is pleased to present you the exhibition MEDITERRANEE which will take place from June 14th to July 12th. The artist ZEST will be present during the opening on Thursday, June 13, 2019, in order to contemplate together the Mediterranean backgrounds of his inspirations that link the artist to Marseille.
When Urban Art, and especially the world of graffiti, meets contemporary abstract Art we get ZEST! An artist with colored waves who redefined the laws of the urban abstract.
The lines and curves of the artist make us navigate in the blue waters of its funds. A characteristic color of ZEST that plunges us into the mediterranean sea.
APRIL 26TH – JUNE 7TH 2019
For several years now, Markus Genesius has been using the test picture PM5544 19 1966/67 (developed for Philips by Danish engineer Finn Hendil) as a paradigmatic reference to everyday implementation of the constructivist approach and real art. It is his basically gestural imagery, characterised by graffiti, that gives rise to a wonderfully individual declination of the principle theme – tested for any formal abstract content it might have, though remaining recognisable throughout. In his most recent series of displays, Markus Genesius takes the viewer through these processes of abstraction in three-dimensional objects, which, in view of their formal nature, seem to backtrack to their constructivist principles. By focussing on the aesthetic, retrospective character of the television test picture, hardly shown now, and which has become representative of a slowly disappearing medium, he shows that cubistic variations on the motif also call into question a society influenced by media, in which generally recognised references disappear, replaced by a series of increasingly individualised innovations and additions. The blueprint of media instrumentalism that the television test picture represented for at least two generations functions as symbolic declaration in an era of continuous access to mobile media, and as the virtualisation of human existence. Particularly as graffiti in the public arena or temporary exhibits in art institutions – the works of Markus Genesius demonstrate how relevant constructivist ideas can be in our times.
MARCH 7TH – APRIL 5TH 2019
March 7, 2019 ArtCan Gallery will inaugurate a surprising exhibition of Spanish artists Iker Muro aka MUR0NE and Ruben Sanchez aka ZOONCHEZ,
These two genius muralists, gather nearly 40,000 followers on instagram and have long since crossed the Pyrenees to sublimate the walls of cities such as Dubai, Miami, London, Istanbul, Taiwan, Washington …
Faithful to their urban DNA, their studio works transcend the influence of Spanish cubists and surrealists with the vivacity of our time. The symmetry disappears in favor of a total freedom of creation where the exaltation of the colors seduces and attracts the eye of the spectator.
FRENCH ART TOUCH
JANUARY 18TH – FEBRUARY 22TH 2019
To start this new year, ArtCan Gallery propose you an immersion in contemporary French Urban Art. An exhibition through a group gathering the big names of our artistic scene such as:
ZEST . MOMIES . NASTY. KATRE . KAN
LA FRATRIE . V CHERY
And other surprises …
NOVEMBER 23TH – DECEMBER 21TH 2018
The time, the vestige and the fragmentation are the three axes of this exhibition.
The marbles (eternal signs) claim another time, that of antiquity.
Metal plates (metalpatchworks) seem to come directly from the beginning of the industrial era.
Raw flax linens echo material in post-war modern art.
The optical paintings (Extractions) come to take the codes of kinetic art.
It is a question of questioning the value of the objects and in particular that of the work of art. The artist destroys and decomposes his own works in order to reconstruct them in the same way that an archaeologist would do with remains.
Like the alchemist, who would turn lead into gold, the Atlas transforms ancient objects into contemporary works, recovering their intrinsic telluric force.
Torrick Ablack aka TOXIC
OCTOBER 12TH – NOVEMBER 16TH 2018
At 53, the artist born in the Bronx, remains one of the international figures and legends of the contemporary art scene. This solo exhibition is very particular, it’s the first time that TOXIC coming back to Marseille since 2001, when he established his studio in the district of Belsunce.
A powerful DNA, energetic colors mixing street art and contemporary art, but also references to what New York graffiti has to purest, to an entourage as unusual as emblematic as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rammellzzee, Futura 2000 or Dondi White.
LE TEMPS D’UN ÉTÉ …
JULY 5TH – JULY 28TH 2018
For this summer ArtCan has concocted an explosive cocktail of artists mastering the alchemy of colors and strength of form.
Through an international trio show formed by ZEST, PENER and BRUCE, the exhibition “Le Temps d’un été” will take you from the sweet and tangy abstractions of the French artist ZEST to the precise constructions of the Polish artist PENER through the naïve universe of the French-Belgian BRUCE which is not unlike the papers cut of a certain Matisse.
Reflection on the abstraction concept in Graffiti world, this exhibition will help to understand the evolution of abstract urban art from different angles.
New Catalog available on the July 2
MAY 18TH – JUNE 22TH 2018
Opening May 17th from 6pm to 10pm
We are pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibition “Resistance” by the Belgian artist SPYK.
When the artists live very comfortably from the death of the painting, Spyk resists. He strives to preserve the fine craft and achieves a classic mastery in an aerosol technique of disconcerting precision and sensitivity.
With the vaporous effects that his spraying technique allows him to give, he resumes the appearance of images filmed in the manner of Samuel Fuller or Percy Adlon … except that here, all the heroes are gone. Spyk leaves no room for the human figure. His paintings are sterile lands, sterile spaces that illustrate the anti-humanism of the structural years and appear as once eliminated man.
Painting is not a visual experience. She lets us feel nomads, silences, urban loneliness. Spyk describes them as important resistors far and wide the memories of his tagger life. With them, he takes us on a nocturnal wander through the deserted American cities where only the electric lights reassure us.
The catalog will be downloadable from May 14.
WE ARE BACK
6 APRIL 2018 – 12 MAY 2018
We are pleased to invite you to the OPENING of our new space in Marseille on Thursday, April 5, 2018.
In the heart of the art district, in an old printing house, under a huge metal canopy, we inaugurate a 180 square meters space dedicated to urban and contemporary art. We will present works by Banksy, Rammellzee, Toxic, Brusk, Kan, Dran, Momies, Remi Rough, Zest, Pener, Kurar, and more …
18 Rue Dragon
Open Tuesday to Friday from 11h to 13h and 14h to 19h, Saturday from 11h to 17h
Phone : +33 6 81 69 90 58
19 rue de Turenne
Open Tuesday to Friday from 11h to 13h and 14h to 19h, Saturday from 11h to 17h
Phone : +33 7 71 06 43 07