JUNE - JULY 2017 - THE PAINTLESS-PAINTING & ARTBASEL

28 June 2017
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To paint without paint is the new aesthetic concept I call Paintless-Painting. It is something I did unconsciously for a few years with 35mm film frames before I realised that I could invoke Painting while paradoxically freeing myself from paint.

How could I show novelty after the great geniuses ? How could I go beyond their achievements and… Really innovate without repeating when everything seemed to already have been done in Painting ? I had to transmute my pre-conditioned thinking process into a creative one. But how ? By thinking outside of the box, by painting outside of the box, in other words : to paint without paint.

By asking : what can still be created in XXIst century Painting ? I met one of the art of Painting’s spiritual sons : Cinema*. It seems to me that, with its birth, this Cinema-Son actualizes its mother’s death, the end of Painting that was, until then, in charge of representing... Reality. After that, Painting turns to abstraction and regenerates itself in various streams. Indeed, abstraction liberates it from the subject matter (with Malevitch) and later Painting turns to even more radical forms of avant-garde (Zero group, New realism, BMPT…)

So today, how could one open a new unseen perspective in the art of Painting ? The solution came from Cinema : by liberating Painting from its actual matter (pigments…), I paint in a new way that I call Paintless-Painting which resurrects the spirit of Painting. Is this a bridge to a meta-Painting ? In any case, my wish is to give a starting point, a new way of visual representation in pictural art ! In a way, this off-the-frame path (Painting outside of the box) may be seen as an homage to mother-Painting by its son-Cinema… if I lose the matter of Painting, I recover its soul by using the matter of Cinema : its film. I paint a Paintless-Painting with the 35mm frames of movies !

Bernard Gast - Manifest from Galerie Intime (Extracts) - Editions GI

*Actually, the first son of Painting, Photography had already been the cause of the mother’s death. However, the son-Cinema accentuates the movement. The Renoir family illustrates it in a living metaphor : from Painting to Cinema, the filial bond between the painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and his son Jean, the movie maker, is manifest, especially when Jean’s movies celebrate Painting....


From june 15th to june 18th : ARTBASEL

Among 300 galleries, small tour in the Thomas gallery to see some paintings of the German expressionistic artist Max Beckman...

Bernard Gast - A l'abri de mon nom (2017), Paintless-Painting (1,30 x 3,93 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – In the shelter of my name (2017), Paintless-Painting (1,30 x 3,93 m) © Adagp

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Bernard Gast – Light up his fate (2016), Paintless-Painting (1,30 x 1, 48 m) - Private collection © Adagp

Bernard Gast – À l'abri de mon nom (2017), Paintless-Painting (1,30 x 3,93 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – In the shelter of my name (2017), Paintless-Painting (1,30 x 3,93 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – L'artiste (2009), Paintless-Painting (0,90 x 1,50 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – The artist (2009), Paintless-Painting (0,90 x 1,50 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – A moitié ivre (2017), Paintless-Painting (1, 30 x 2, 29 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – A moitié ivre (2017), Paintless-Painting (1, 30 x 2, 29 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – C'est là-dessus que je mise (2017), Paintless-Painting (1, 30 x 1, 85 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – That's what I bet on (2017), Paintless-Painting (1, 30 x 1, 85 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – Le bord du merveilleux (2016), Paintless-Painting (1 x 1, 98 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – The edge of marvel (2016), Paintless-Painting (1 x 1, 98 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – Vaste brèche dans le temps (2017), Paintless-Painting (1, 30 x 1, 32 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – Huge gap in time (2017), Paintless-Painting (1, 30 x 1, 32 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – Une aventure d'enchanteur (2017), Paintless-Painting (1 x 2 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – A wizard's adventure (2017), Paintless-Painting (1 x 2 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – Tant mes souvenirs... (2017), Paintless-Painting (1, 30 x 1, 30 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – So strong my memories... (2017), Paintless-Painting (1, 30 x 1, 30 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – L'art du danger II (2016), Paintless-Painting (1, 30 x 3, 18 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – The art of danger II (2016), Paintless-Painting (1, 30 x 3, 18 m) © Adagp

Artistography

Bernard Gast – L'Amour caresse sa joue (2016), Paintless-Painting (1, 27 x 1, 30 m) © Adagp

Bernard Gast – L'Amour caresse sa joue (2016), Paintless-Painting (1, 27 x 1, 30 m) © Adagp

As a multiform artist, also philosopher and psychoanalyst, Bernard Gast by his work often questions the very process of creation (aesthetical concept of Paintless-Painting, etc...).
To this end, he "paints" with the 35mm film frames of Cinema, while practicing also writing, poetry, music...