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CHARLES Hascoët, large-format artist

26th June – 4th July 2020 | 123, rue de Turenne, Paris
It is at the Gallery Joseph at 123, rue de Turenne that Ferdinand Gros exhibits his artist. Thanks to his “Superzoom” initiative, an artist with many talents: Charles Hascoët. 

Charles Hascoët was inspired by a verse by Philippe Denis, taken from “Cahier d’ombres collection (1974)” for the title of his exhibition: “Je longe mon souffle” (I follow my breath).

Coming from the Beaux-Arts de Paris, the artist relates his daily life, his feelings and emotions through works created for this solo show, leaving the interpretation of his paintings to the viewer. 

Ferdinand Gros created Superzoom with the aim of promoting emerging artists. After working at Christie’s in the Post-War & Contemporary Art department and then at the Marianne Boesky gallery in New York, he returned to France and transcribed his inspirations in the heart of the capital to bring a new eye to the Parisian art scene. 

Thanks to superzoom, Ferdinand Gros exhibited Charles Hascoët, from June 26 to July 4, who lives and works in New York and in Clichy, where he set up his artist’s studio in POUSH – Manifesto. 

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As a painter, Charles Hascoët mainly uses oil, in a dreamlike and academic way. For “Je longe mon souffle” Hascoët has produced several works, some of which are self-portraits and others from his imagination. There is fantasy and poetry in his art. Between still-life painting, simple objects in suspension, individually painted cans and shoes, Charles Hascoët immerses us into an everyday life marked by movement. He draws inspiration from his own life to create works impregnated with purity and decadence in the brushstrokes. You will find a fanciful realism in the paintings of this multifaceted painter, who will take you along with him according to his desires, into timeless forms which abandon themselves to the emotions created from childhood memories and where the fragility and balance of a raw realism are outlined. 

Walking through the door of 123 rue de Turenne, you will find yourself face to face with Dirty Martini and Balançoire, two artworks that coexist in the same room and unfold this oscillation between the tangible and the imaginary. 

Julie Crenn, art critic and curator, describes the artist as follows: “Charles Hascoët makes his face a recurring pattern. Self-portraits punctuate his practice: most often, small formats where, without filter, Charles Hascoët looks at himself in the mirror to give us states, emotions and expressions. He shares without filters what he is over time. Anti-genius and anti-hero, the artist presents himself above all as an individual prey to his fears, his doubts and his difficulties in confronting a disturbing reality. The objects are then both icons of an intimate story and elements of a memento mori.

Charles Hascoët
“I’m holding my breath”
26th June – 4th July 2020. 123, rue de Turenne, Paris