Born in 1970 - France
Guillaume Moschini’s work is focussed on a gesture, a hue, always carried out in a
very liquid matter. In his paintings, he incessantly mingles inks with acrylic and
methylated spirits. Interested in the limits of the colour field, he paints by combining
rectangular shapes which are not tint areas but traces of a single brushstroke.
For a long time, the artist preferred using rather small-sized frames, making it easier
for him to paint that trace, whose width is strictly determined by the width of the
brush, in a vision which is quite close to Nick Toroni’s. By successive corrections of
“accidental” drips, these shapes sometimes invaded the canvas to turn into a quasi-
monochrome. This practice, which was felt like an obsession, stood for a crucial
change in the artist’s recent apprehension of large-sized frames. Moreover, it had
already characterized his first works, the ones painted with brooms on canvas sheets
up to six metres long and mainly inspired by American abstract paintings. These
resulted from an initial search of vast expanses of colour along with a desire to
penetrate the canvas.
In order to adapt his work to larger dimensions, Moschini started out by assembling
two frames. From that moment on, he designed his paintings in terms of length and
not of height, their various possibilities of arrangement creating new relations
between colour, composition and even scale. Within his quasi-monochromes, shapes
reappeared in the unpainted spaces of the canvas. An emergence accompanied by a
conversion of Moschini’s paintings into drawings, which offers many a variations he
played around with.
Having reached a certain degree of skill in the art of converting a trace into a shape,
he could reproduce his technique on any kind of format and medium. Guillaume
Moschini pays great attention to the selection of the right tool and considers the
choice of the method very carefully. On the one hand, the absolute clarity of his work
requires the use of wider and wider industrial brushes so as to avoid repeated
strokes of paintbrush. On the other hand, in order to be less litteral, the artist willingly
breaks the continuity of the strokes by still using smaller brushes. Thus, he draws
and redraws the story of a shape by changing the way to produce it. The position of
the trace is determined to the naked eye and not according to a specific design or
drawing. It traverses the canvas, no matter where. The only rule to follow is to try to
find a balance between the traces without them having necessarily the same
Choosing large formats compelled Guillaume Moschini to lay his canvasses down on
a table and work the four sides of the frames, which required a real physical
commitment. Paradoxically, for the very exacting professional he is, working on
large-sized frames allows greater control than on smaller ones. He just needs to
stand on little bench to apply the brush most delicately. If his approach is based on
gesture, it refers to no expressionist style.
Furthermore, the artist protects the first trace from the various splutters. However,
some of them are preserved insofar as they pertain to the stability of the painting.
Then, they function as a writing style, a wash tint, a “circumstance” which might be
obsessively controlled and might even be the starting point of a painting. As regards
the artist, he plays with the dichotomy between heaviness and weightlessness.
In this demanding approach, unconsciousness is at work : “My paintings are organic,”
Moschini says. The artist works in series. Each painting remains independent from
the others and is not necessarily intended to be displayed within a predetermined set.
Pieces can function in three, their association or separation depending on their
relation to space and colour.
If Moschini’s work on shape is fundamental, it is a pretext to colour, which stands for
a real project to him. The object, the motive of his approach is the communication
between two colours and even the invention or the discovery of a new colour,
including the one that is not perceptible at first glance, resulting from infinitely
variable combinations… In order for two colours to match, there needs to be a fair
balance between shapes, on the assumption that what is not painted is as important
as what is. Afterwards, the logical harmony between sometimes clashing colours
depends on the evolution of this or that series.
Fascinated by repetitive painting, Moschini develops a more and more distinctive
taste for minimalism and radicalism. In order to show his longing to go straight to the
point by being as light as possible, Moschini does not apply any primer coat to his
canvasses. Instead, he even applies a very transparent coat of diluted colour – a
“jus” –, in direct continuation of Marc Devalde’s experiments. If there are fewer and
fewer hues, colour becomes brighter and brighter.
Moschini’s gesture conveys an emotion, a tension which only arises from playing on
equilibrium and disequilibrium between shapes and colours, excluding any kind of
systematic approach. If this work mostly deals with aesthetics, no aestheticism can
be detected : indeed, Guillaume Moschini’s attention is not focussed on the beauty of
colours, but on their unsteady balance, depending on the exposure conditions and
the viewer who never stops capturing and recreating their values.
Aurélie Barnier, June 2014
2015 Galerie Djeziri-Bonn - Paris
2015 Galerie From point to point - Nîmes
2015 Galerie ALMA - Montpellier
2014 Galerie Eric Linard - La garde Adhémar
2014 Galerie Djeziri-Bonn - Paris
2014 Galerie Oniris - Rennes
2013 Galerie Djeziri-Bonn - Paris
2013 Galerie Hotel Elysées Mermoz - Paris
2012 Galerie Episodique - Paris
2008 Galerie BMA - Boulogne Billancourt
2015 Slick Art Fair, Galerie Djeziri-Bonn - Paris
2015 CIGE Art Fair, Galerie Djeziri-Bonn – Beijing
2014 Supervues Hotel Burrhus - Vaison la Romaine
2014 Galerie Oniris - Rennes
2013 Galerie From Point to Point - Nimes
2013 Welcome Domus Fondation
2013 Galerie Hotel Elysées Mermoz M2 (Paris)
2012 Galerie From point to point (Tout Doux Philippe). Avec : Didier Demozay, Claude Caillol,
Claude Viallat, Patrick Saytour, Keese Visser
2011 Galerie From Point to Point - Nîmes. Avec : Claude Viallat, Patrick Saytour,
2014 Attitudes Paris, Galerie Oniris / Galerie Djeziri-Bonn
2013 Slick Art Fair, Galerie Djeziri-Bonn - Paris
2012 Drawing Room (Dessin contemporain) - Montpellier
2011 Réalités Nouvelles - Paris
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