The Chinon Paper. May 2002
A creative blast
Two hundred children on the tracks of Stellest. Thanks to him, they were even able to create their own artworks, with recuperated objects of their choosing.
Art is at times short-lived, and this is highly regrettable for a treasure of imagination, which must be visited before the week-end ends. This treasure lies in the City Hall Art Gallery where Stellest currently shows his astonishing creations of Trans Nature Art. But his paintings, installations and other mechanisms no longer stand alone, as artworks of local school pupils recently joined them.
Stellest in fact accepted to conduct creative workshops organized by the City Cultural Office. Nine classes together with a group of children part of the CLAAC club enjoyed three workshops under the artist’s supervision. After the first workshop, which was a guided tour of Stellest’s exhibition, the children worked together with the artist in order to create “meaningful artworks” put together with objects they chose, based on a story they invented individually.
The result is breath-taking, flabbergasting and simply irresistible. Two hundred creations, each consisting of a drawing, a text and the artwork itself now fill the gallery stairs.
One must take the time to read the stories and dreams, which emerged from the children’s imagination. It’s funny, touching and irreplaceable.
One must go this week end, as Stellest’s exhibition will close on Sunday evening. Evidently, Monday will rime with Grey!
The new Republic
June 5th 2000
Artists in residency
For the third consecutive year, The ‘Années Joué’ confirmed their vocation as a street art festival with this year an obvious inclination towards modern art. Mr Jamal Lansari, the event’s manager explains: ‘We use the city’s Fabric-Studio in order to help the artists in residence to create work following the theme 1980 to 2000.’
ALL AROUND PATRICE STELLEST
Among the artists invited, the painter and sculptor Patrice Stellest is the ‘Invité d’honneur’, he who worked with international figures of the art world to give birth to the ‘Cosmic Art’, before dividing his time between New-York, Basel, the Provence and Candes-St-Martin.
His message? ‘’We live in a world where the values and art are being redefined constantly, and it is hard to create one specific style. Art lost its primary function considering that everything can be sold. For me, the function of art is to help society to evolve’.
By what means? ‘Technology produces serial effects. I use technology to translate my personal emotions and the topic, which for me prevails over any other: the defence of nature. Excessive consumerism abuses our planet’s natural resources, and art can be used as universal acupuncture conveying multicultural values. Our only real capital is nature, which’s systems work way beyond our planet’ Stellest assures us.
This is why he uses the terms of ‘Cosmic Art’ or Trans Nature Art’ to qualify his artworks: Metaphorical sculptures full of humour and poetry. This work is assembled in about 30 installations, which tell the tail of Human evolution, and invite us to reflect upon it, in the beginning of this XXIst Century.
‘By his intriguing creations, sculptures composed of objects which speak to us, the artist reveals himself as a citizen of the world, defending a planet which’s beauty must be preserved’.
TRANS NATURE ART.
Three words for an invitation. The invitation Stellest offers the public of Chinon to discover the world of this painter, sculptor and creator, through his work exhibited until March the 10th in the City Hall Gallery.
Three words side-by-side, perhaps somewhat obscure for those whose habit it isn’t to spend time in artistic circles. Nonetheless, if there is one exhibition to be discovered, regardless of ones ages, background and culture, this is the one. The exhibition, which transports us into the inner-world of an unusual 48 year-old artist whose soft madness, in the noblest sense of the term, reveals as a creative visionary.
Patrice Stellest is a former student of the Walt Disney institute of fine arts. This permanent traveller’s home is the world. Los Angeles, Paris, New York’s private collections rave over his artworks made between Arizona, Switzerland and the Provence; so many peaceful havens, which inspire this relentless defender of nature.
For the past two years, Stellest has been living in the village of Candes-St-Martin, happy to live at the heart of this land, which recently entered UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. Here, facing the junction of the Loire and the Royal River, he developed his concept of ‘Trans Nature Art’, creating the paintings, sculptures and installations, which are now being presented.
Composed of unlikely mixtures of objects, these creations undeniably catch one’s attention. Stellest unites all kinds of objects, which seem to have been found directly in our collective memory, and the public has every chance to recognize the objects, as they can ‘communicate with them.’ Behind a deceiving mess, which is soon overcome, each creation tells a story, defends a cause. The link between it all? ‘ The protection of environment, nature, the seas: our planet’; evidently nothing more normal for this citizen of the world.
Forty something and absolute genius among the best of them, Stellest creates work that can be seen, touched and heard. Interactive artworks, similar to toys, without losing anything of their message. Electronic lights powered by solar energy often show a new aspect of these creations, which will seduce both the children and their parents. Nobody can stay indifferent. Particularly when the artist mixes in and comments on his work with his inimitable accent!
Water, the source of all life, whales and elephants; all this endangered nature finds in Stellest a heart touching and convincing lawyer. A generous man, sensitive and true; one of these beings blessed by a soft madness who we hope aren’t as well, coming to extinction.
The West Courier. November 12th 1987.
Comic Art, a way of life
Cosmic Art illustrator, is the Sculptor in St Germain Sur Vienne a precursor?
The sculptures of Patrice Stellest are astonishing
In his own style, he mixes different materials, of which the most ancient appear by the most modern ones. The oldest metals are flattered by neon lights. The shapes look as if they were about to take off in space. He uses flashy colours, fluorescent at times, where yellow, turquoise and violet dominate in this illustration of ‘Cosmic Art’.
‘Originally, this movement was founded in Los Angeles, in 1982, by a few artists and NASA scientists, in the dynamic of creating a film project for NASA and the 1984 Olympic Games.’
One year later, attracted by France’s legendary artistic reputation and a more quiet life, Stellest decided to come to Europe. More than in films, which ‘throw images to the public which swallows them all without any time to think’, he expresses himself through painting and sculpting. One finds the entire significance of Cosmic Art in one of the artist’s sculptures ‘The man from Cosmic Calexico’. In the shape of an 8, symbol of infinity, it represents Man in the desert, reduced to what he is: ‘A grain of sand in the universe.’ He says.
Nevertheless Stellest refuses to be trapped by his native American origins. ‘And do not say I am against technology, this is a false statement to make!” In fact, Patrice Stellest has a harmonious world in mind, perhaps inspired by his native country: Switzerland.
IIend Sonnabend, owner of a New-York gallery recently said: ‘The typical reaction when facing a new work is not only to laugh, but also to say it is crazy’. Stellest’ work may make some laugh, but seduces many others, and many sculptures and paintings will soon leave St-Germain-Sur-Vienne for Manhattan. ‘I’ve been very lucky’ the young artist says when mentioning the long list of people, often famous, who took some interest in his art and helped him along the way.