Frevo presents MALA TYPO, a new exhibition by TOMA-L, to mark the launch of his newest book, MALA BESTIA, named after his first canvas.
Raw Linen, thick paper sheets, collages. These are the new ingredients for this new body of work by TOMA-L, aka Thomas Labarthe. In search of spontaneity, the collage technique appears simple. It shows the “double life” of paper sheets. First, fragile, in the workshop, where they float and wander aimlessly on the wall of the workshop, then a “second life,” definitive; the paper cutouts are assembled on canvas as a permanent work. These collages of paper, torn by hand and assembled on canvas, match the strokes of the brush and become part of the work.
Thomas Labarthe was born in France in 1975. He lives and works in Nantes. It was at the Pompidou Centre in October 2001 that Thomas Labarthe first discovered Jean Dubuffet. The retrospective exhibition was like “a massive shock to my system”. His first canvas, MALA BESTIA, emerged three months later. Like André Breton and Jean Miro before him, Thomas threw himself into a creative flurry. The following decade proved to be one of the utmost creativity: his powerful graphic style was received enthusiastically by the artistic community and with wide acclaim in Barcelona, Brussels, and Paris at the Galerie W Landau and Halle Saint Pierre. Museum.
In May 2019, TOMA-L accepted the invitation from Frevo to be the first artist to showcase at 48 W 8th St, and to this day, Frevo remains the center of his activity in New York.
Tuesday to Saturday / 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM (or by appointment) / Until March 2nd 2024