Despont himself describes his process while creating the Masks:
As I wander the streets of our cities I keep stumbling across weird and discarded objects, old tools aban- doned in the dark corners of foreign shops, he?te?roclite bric-a-brac, wondrous rejects of our blind civiliza- tion.
The objects speak to me. I take them to my studio where I lay them down on old cutting boards found in a Parisian flea market. Suddenly a mask or a face appears – phantoms and strange beings from a poetic universe. Each mask is a small poem, a smile, an emotion…
Despont is well-recognized for his paintings on wood panel or on copper mounted on wood panel that depict nebu- las and celestial bodies. These works are executed in mixed media with such materials as enamel, asphaltum, acrylic, ink, glue, epoxy resin, paper, alumichrom, and oil stick.
The series reminds a lot of the recent Masks exhibition at the MET
Brushes, brooms, cleavers, knives and scissors are just some of the quotidian objects transformed by artist Thierry Despont into these mysterious sculptures featured in Masks. Consisting of over twenty such works the series celebrates the art of assemblage and the powers of the imagination.
May 21 13 @ 5:23 PMMoMA's Annual Party in the Garden
May 22 13 @ 5:37 PMof Montreal at Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 23 13 @ 5:27 PMØDD Spring Sale
May 24 13 @ 5:40 PMYacht at Shea Stadium
May 25 13 @ 5:50 PMJames Murphy and Special Guests at Grand Prospect Hall
May 26 13 @ 5:54 PMOneohtrix Point Never at Saint Vitus
May 27 13 @ 6:01 PMA conversation With James Murphy
May 28 13 @ 5:46 PMNaoaki Funayama: X-don at Ouchi Gallery
May 29 13 @ 6:06 PMMarina & The Diamonds and Charli XCX
May 30 13 @ 6:10 PMLee "Scratch" Perry at Le Poisson Rouge