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Ls 4

91 x 91 cm / 2005 - Spray paint on canvas

What we see at first sight is an eye. And what an eye! It is a canvas from the american artist John Crash Matos.
This masterpiece seems to be taken straight out of pop art. An art dear to Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist. Totally made with spray paint this square shaped canvas gives us a colorful and graphic vision. But what lies beneath that intense look through these splinters of contrasts? It is an eye, mysterious. And most probably a woman's eye. This woman appears to us in the lower ranking, behind the cracks, like if the canvas itself was broken. The artist that had started his career by painting subway cars in New York tries to share with us a part of his adventure. When he used to paint subways, John Crash Matos was as well painting their windows in order to get a complete drawing of a major size. It is here just like that deep look would have made that window shatters into pieces. Once broken what does that woman see through these dangerous glass pieces.
It seems like a light of an extraordinary intensity would reflect in her eye. Could that mysterious light break a subway window into pieces?
The hypothesis can be supernatural.

© Speerstra Gallery / Marie Bourtayre / translation: F. Mery Poplimont / voice: Yann Marguet