2016 Highlights - Bernard Gast's Paintless-Painting : the spirit of painting

5 December 2016
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Why does he paint with cinema ? Both for its universality and to create a Paintless-Painting. Such an universality in the films’ stories ! Harry Potter or Star wars speak all over the world… Cinema expresses a collective imaginary field and, in the same time, touches on everybody’s intimacy. Everything is in it : intellect, perception and feeling.

The second reason lies in his thought on art history. Using pictorially, images taken from movies, he looks for replacing painting at the core of the artistic process. How ? Having questioned for a long time the crucial issue of art in the 20th century : which representation in painting ? Bernard Gast offers a singular answer : by realizing a Paintless-Painting… But what does it mean ?

Paintless-Painting is an aesthetic concept made up by the artist. A conception that he condenses thereby : “I paint a Paintless-Painting with 35mm movie stills”. Indeed, with the only material of pieces of films, his artistic vocabulary suggests and constantly refers to painting. While freeing himself from the materiality of painting (and finally producing one photographic print), his work fundamentally echoes the spirit of painting. Painting with cinema allows him to reach more pictoriality. Bernard Gast brings forth a Paintless-Painting from cinema to give birth (again) to painting… without any actual painting matter.

Bernard Gast – Keep you smiling (2008), Paintless-Painting (1, 30 x 2, 63 m) ©Adagp

Bernard Gast – Keep you smiling (2008), Paintless-Painting
(1, 30 x 2, 63 m) ©Adagp

Bernard Gast – Nu d'aurochs (1999), Paintless-Painting (0,60 x 1, 20 m) ©Adagp

Bernard Gast – Nu d'aurochs (1999), Paintless-Painting (0,60 x 1, 20 m) ©Adagp