DOLL'ART (and other political thoughts....)
DOLL’ART is a critical work on money as an end. In his work, the artist transposes this measure mean as a support not to make the “value” of its works but to invite the spectator to deeply think the concept to use paper, a raw material, as a mean of acquisition. Everything is finally done by, with and for pieces of paper.
The series DOLL’ART is supposed to evolve with time to dig into different social and psychological fields. Here the artist is questioning us on the (cheap) “Price of Democracies” and the definition of Happiness as a materialistic condition.
THE PRICE OF DEMOCRACY
2011 - Canvas 86 x 157cm | Mix Media real USD notes, Acrylic and varnish | (150 x 1$ running serial numbers)
Democracies are dead! Corrupted and losing their powers, Democracies are killing their sovereignty, scarifying people and societies to the reign of cash. This works depict a very pessimistic social and political situation where political science becomes a simple commodity.
DOES MONEY MAKE HAPPINESS #1
2014 - Paper Sheet 70 x 70 | Uncut real USD notes & Acrylic calligraphy
For his time in Asia, Gabriel found that Far East cultures determine money as a determinant of happiness while he learnt in the western world that “Money does not make happiness”.
This piece, not only as a cultural difference marker, is finally an invitation to plunge into the concept of happiness as a human being condition, meaning a materialistic concept, balancing with a human spirit approach as a complex philosophical concept. Both being anyway an achievement…
SOMETIMES A DOLLAR IS JUST A DOLLAR
2020 - Paper Sheet 90 x 70 | Uncut real USD notes & Acrylic calligraphy
Freud supposedly saw sexual references in everything, describing mental problems using classical references and sex to explain them.
So if I smoke a big cigar, I am trying to send a message about my penis.
But his quote "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" he simply states that sometimes there is no deeper meaning or message to things. Sometimes I smoke a cigar because I want to smoke a cigar, and not because I want to convey a message about other things....
In this work, I used the Freud thought process to dive into the true meaning of money. Mixing history, psychology, Pop art and a litle of my sarcasme.
The amended original quotes had been written with Freud' hand writting!
TURN THE BULL LOO$E!
2018 - Canvas 110 x 82 cm | Acrylic aint on real USD notes
This work is a tribute to Ronald Reagan speech at Wall Street for the opening of the NYSE in 1985.
Considered as a milestone and starting point of the contemporary economic model based on trading and stock markets. In this work, Gabriel again wants to question the sense of economic growth of this "bull fight" where the bull never die...
WHAT HISTORY IS MADE OF (tribute to Jasper Johns)
2018 - Canvas 60 x 90 cm | Acrylic paint on old vintage compressed newspapers (Since 1865)
This work is a tribute to Jasper Johns and his first art work, an American Flag on old papers.
This work is made of compressed pages of newspapers that materialise the forgotten time of what made the History. It is 100+ years of news that slowly and gradually build the American Icon
I WILL RIP YOU OFF
2018 - 90 x 90cm | Original uncut sheet of 2 USD, Acrylic paint, posca and glitters
Thoughts on the presupposed rebel of the art market making his latest public art performance in front of billionaires, bankers and other golden boys in London at Sotheby's...
#METOO I WANT TO BE A PRESIDENT
2018 - 90 x 45 cm (each) | Diptych - Fine art printing handmade glittering
This artwork is a statement on woman empowerment in politics, inviting to rethink about men legacy and vision while emphasising the lake of women influence. Made on a Wall Street journal main page of Obama presidential oath speech on 20st Jan 2009
" YOU THE PEOPLE "
2020 - 90 x 45 cm (each) | New York Times front page + acrylic, gold powder and stencil spray paint
Donald Trump signature painted with gold glitters on a double page of NYT newspaper listing the name of the first 100.000 death of COVID-19.
"YOU THE POEPLE" refer to the US constitution and how President Trump consider his citizens as another (lower) class of people. Him being above the laws and this same constitution he supposedly represent.
The work could also have been named "With my best regards"...