Gaston Chaissac. Objects, paintings, drawings, collages
Galeria Marc Domènech presents "Gaston Chaissac. Y a d’la joie ... " in order to fill an incomprehensible void in the list of exhibitions of European artists of the first half of the 20th century in our country. The work of Gaston Chaissac (1910-1964) is extraordinarily unknown to the Spanish general public. Only once, a small selection of his work was presented in Spain and it was in Barcelona, in the now disappeared Galeria Adrià, in 1971. This individual and retrospective exhibition of Chaissac’s work is the most important one ever made in the country.
"Gaston Chaissac. Y a d’la joie ... " with almost 40 works, amongst objects, paintings, drawings and collages, proposes a wide and complete journey through all of his original artistic production. His work is ironic, subversive and irreverent. In spite of his social and personal isolation and a fragile health that lasted for his whole life, Chaissac produced a work deliberately away from the great artistic movements of the time. His figures introduce us to a fantastic world of unreal smiling monsters that emerge from abstract compositions. He also offers us an array of altered every-day and dull objects to which he has attributed a new meaning, a new life. Not surprisingly, this overwhelming creative energy ended up leaving a lasting imprint, both personal in some cases and artistic in others, in important personalities of the art world such as Otto Freundlich, Albert Gleizes, Auguste Herbin or Jean Dubuffet himself.
His ability to stay in the often-fruitful thresholds between styles and disciplines makes him one of the most original artists of his time. As described by Joan Perucho in 1971, "Gaston Chaissac was a simple man who, out of life’s bitterness, he extracted the ability to make his childhood appear again. His eyes metamorphosed things with the joyful children’s exaltation, but giving them the salute irony of the adults.