In this last chapter of four, dedicated to artist Yassine Mekhanche, we wanted to share his printed book LYFE with you. LYFE limited edition is sold out, but as an important piece of Yassine Mekhnache's life's work we would like to give you the opportunity to appreciate it.
Here below are some extracts from the book as well as the possibility to see LYFE in its entire length ---> here.
A painter of the outburst, he experiments
the surface of the canvas but does not
give up to use the walls around and why not,
the floor. If the drips are maintained on
the ring of the canvas, if the stretching bars
encircle the painting, the structure, the
movement can be extended beyond the
square. The painting sets down and colonizes
the gallery. This announces Yaze’s will to
paint everything. He wants to live « physically
the things in the space ». Every opening
reception is a challenge.
Work in progress,
his work keeps on evolving at any time.
As he was painting canvases, he is now
interested in what is around. His introspection
has mutated into the exploration of the world.
Yaze’s painting is alive, personal, it tells
its own story through its skin and its material.
He does not play: he is. His work is introspective,
anatomic. He drills his soul and
dissects on the canvas the whole operation.
With brushes he makes the autopsy
of his painting’s skin, works it, grinds it. The
style is thrown out, swept away by a whip-
ping brush. Colors are iridescent. Everything
seeps, everything flows, everything gets
organized. The first kicks are violent, liberating.
They give the first lines and organize
the canvas. The action is explosive.
Text extraits from the book LYFE by Pierre-Évariste Douaire, Paris, 2009.
(Translated from the French by Isabelle Lagaillarde)