Jacques VILLEGLÉ - Écrire peindre ! C’est plus que voir, écrire peindre c’est concevoir – André Salmon, 2020
Jacques Villeglé - Écrire peindre ! C’est plus que voir, écrire peindre c’est concevoir – André Salmon, Les Extatiques 2020 © Martin Argyroglo
Born in 1926 in Quimper, France. Lives and works in Paris, France
"It was in the depths of the Paris metropolis, "Station République", that through a singular graffiti I realized that a socio-political alphabet corresponds to our collective realities."
Jacques Mahé de La Villeglé - said Jacques Villeglé - was one of the founding members of the New Realists movement in October 1960; he established himself above all as a "kidnapper" of torn posters, as "a recycler of the work of others, a recycler of the urban, industrial, advertising reality" (Pierre Restany) and as a theorist of this idea. A collector of traces of civilization, especially when they are anonymous, Villeglé began in 1969 to imagine a "socio-political alphabet". This alphabet is based on a simple principle: add or substitute for each letter (except the J) one or more signs of a resembling silhouette, spotted on subway corridors, posters, walls or elsewhere.
"On February 28, 1969, de Gaulle received Nixon. I then see on the wall of a subway corridor: the three arrows of the former Socialist Party, the Gallic cross, the Nazi swastika, the Celtic cross inscribed in the O of the movements Jeune Nation Ordre Nouveau, Occident, etc... then again the three dynamic and barrel-pointing arrows of Tchakotine indicating without further comment the name of the American president. (...) The Latin writing, by amalgamation, in the alchemical sense of the term, with these fascist, capitalist, socialist, communist or leftist ideograms was inscribed as a watermark in the white pages of history."
The work for Paris La Défense
For Les Extatiques, Jacques Villeglé proposes to have a large white graffiti in socio-political alphabet running along one of the stairs of the esplanade, using a quote inspired by the writer André Salmon "Écrire! C’est plus que voir, écrire c’est concevoir".
ÉCRIRE PEINDRE ! C’EST PLUS QUE VOIR, ÉCRIRE PEINDRE C’EST CONCEVOIR.
ANDRÉ SALMON, 2020
Stencil, white paint
Courtesy Galerie Georges-Philippe and Nathalie Vallois, Paris
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