Jack Servoz text − Slimi

“Edgar Allan Poe likes to place his subjects on violet and green backgrounds which reveal the phosphorescence and the fragrance of the storm – so-called “inanimate” nature quivering with a supernatural and galvanising thrill.”Baudelaire

“Not unrelated to the Dadaists, his artistic practice, seen as a constant exercise towards rebellion, with a certain fascination for sabotage, causes him to exorcise – through rituals that he deems to be clean – the dominant ideas of our society in order to reactivate the power of the primitive – that world which is a catalyst of high magic. The artist is always in search of a future mythology, drawing from multiple sources : from the universe of Edgar Allan Poe to the London underground scene of the 70s and the punk-rock scene of the 90s, with which the artist was familiar, he crosses borders and expands the boundaries between form and medium. Flyers for illegal concerts, album-art projects, punk-rock fanzines… of which he reconstitutes the crude logos – simple and aggressive messages – are reworked, repositioned and opposed to masks connected to primitive civilisations.”

“Done using several layers of acrylic, they reveal buried words and images – in amongst the covering up and revealing – and convey their message of original knowledge. With a need for direct expression, and with a spontaneous view towards daily realities (which are often the probe for new waves), he also decrypts the “pathos” force of bodypainting, which he conveys to his pictures, but also produces new media. In a kind of political pavement, joining the subversive grace of Jean Genet, he builds a bridge between the dirty walls of Paris and the prisons of South America where hard nuts do tattoos, day and night – so many destinies distanced from each other, by inscribing messages of love in their skin which have since became derisory. To paint is to engage a dramatic action, in the course of which reality is torn. What counts is the drama of the act itself, the moment when the universe escapes to meet its own destruction”

Propos de Picasso, quoted by Françoise Gilot, p. 49 in : Vivre avec Picasso, Francoise Gilot, Carlton Lake