In every of their songs – besides fancy clothes, money and trips – they rap above all else about their routine hard work. All day everyday standing at the street corner, selling, making calls, turning the street into an office ; stranded couches into office chairs ; dealing is like working at the factory ; it comes down to helping the family ; in the summer going away on holiday then coming back and starting all over again. I wanted to reflect on these references to hard work, practice and training. The imagery silkscreen-printed on tarp collages borrows to this street narrative while factoryproduced windows bearing light tinted plastic sheets divide the space and induce intimacy, echoed in the video of a teenager performing hand gestures until perfect dexterity. A series of oversized raincoats hang on the wall like ghost figures hovering in the space ; or might be simply a uniform to cover yourself ; while painting in the studio ; or selling drugs on the street.

Antoine Donzeaud, October 2016

We enter the gallery, passing a flight of large scale work on stretchers; imagery the artist collected of disfunct billboards and discarded pass-by objects, sitting in the streets of his day to day commute through Paris’ neighborhoods.

In contrast to the eclectic “faire la bise”, the gallery’s main exhibition space presents a new body of “transparencies”, reminiscent of previously produced, semi translucent two-sided paintings. Prefabricated window panes carry foil the artist decorated individually with his default signature mark making. Lined up along the gallery walls are ‘Vetememe’ coats the artist tracked down online, miming the street – turned high -fashion label Vetements; the artist conflates network tongue with anonymous production standards, defining a language around individual and communal production within the economy of appropriation.

Andreas Waris

01-6274_ad_gregory_copitet_bd_01Exhibition view “De 10h à 4h du matin”

02-6274_ad_gregory_copitet_bd_02Exhibition view “De 10h à 4h du matin”

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04-6274_ad_gregory_copitet_bd_04Exhibition view “De 10h à 4h du matin”

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11-6274_ad_gregory_copitet_bd_11Exhibition view “De 10h à 4h du matin”

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13-6274_ad_gregory_copitet_bd_13Exhibition view “De 10h à 4h du matin”

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16-6274_ad_gregory_copitet_bd_16Exhibition view “De 10h à 4h du matin”

17-2016x8501_ad_gregory_copitet_bd_01Antoine Donzeaud
Uniform”,2016
5 Vetememe coats, scrap metal.
Dimensions variables.

18-6274_ad_gregory_copitet_bd_18Exhibition view “De 10h à 4h du matin”

19-6274_ad_gregory_copitet_bd_19Exhibition view “De 10h à 4h du matin”

20-6274_ad_gregory_copitet_bd_20Antoine Donzeaud
Ordinary Objects for Common Use (Corner Couch)”,2016
Silkscreen print on tarp, polythene, wood, spray, rivets.
94 1/2 x 55 Inches. / 240 x 139,5 cm

21-2016x8497_ad_gregory_copitet_bd_01Antoine Donzeaud
Mobile Transparencies (GR)”,2016
Polythene, spray, rivets, double paned glass, anodized aluminium.
74 4/5 x 42 1/4 Inches. / 190 x 120 cm

22-2016x8498_ad_gregory_copitet_bd_01Antoine Donzeaud
Mobile Transparencies (YW)”,2016
Polythene, spray, rivets, double paned glass, anodized aluminium.
74 4/5 x 42 1/4 Inches. / 190 x 120 cm

23-2016x8499_ad_gregory_copitet_bdAntoine Donzeaud
Mobile Transparencies (RF)”,2016
Polythene, spray, rivets, double paned glass, anodized aluminium.
74 4/5 x 42 1/4 Inches. / 190 x 120 cm

24-2016x8498_ad_gregory_copitet_bd_02Antoine Donzeaud
Mobile Transparencies (YW)”,2016
Polythene, spray, rivets, double paned glass, anodized aluminium.
74 4/5 x 42 1/4 Inches. / 190 x 120 cm

25-2016x8484_ad_gregory_copitet_bd_01Antoine Donzeaud
Mobile Transparencies (YB)”,2016
Polythene, spray, rivets, double paned glass, anodized aluminium.
74 4/5 x 42 1/4 Inches. / 190 x 120 cm

26-2016x8484_ad_gregory_copitet_bd_02Antoine Donzeaud
Mobile Transparencies (YB)”,2016
Polythene, spray, rivets, double paned glass, anodized aluminium.
74 4/5 x 42 1/4 Inches. / 190 x 120 cm

28-2016x8497_ad_gregory_copitet_bd_02Antoine Donzeaud
Mobile Transparencies (GR)”,2016
Polythene, spray, rivets, double paned glass, anodized aluminium.
74 4/5 x 42 1/4 Inches. / 190 x 120 cm

29-2016x8497_ad_gregory_copitet_bd_03Antoine Donzeaud
Mobile Transparencies (GR)”,2016
Polythene, spray, rivets, double paned glass, anodized aluminium.
74 4/5 x 42 1/4 Inches. / 190 x 120 cm

30-2016x8501_ad_gregory_copitet_bd_02Antoine Donzeaud
Uniform”,2016
5 Vetememe coats, scrap metal.
Dimensions variables.

31-2016x8477_gregory_copitet_nkr_0842_bd-01Antoine Donzeaud
Ordinary Objects for Common Use (Closed eyes)”,2016
Tarp, polythene, wood, spray, rivets.
168 x 127,5 cm

33-2016x8480_gregory_copitet_nkr_0854_bd-01Antoine Donzeaud
Ordinary Objects for Common Use (Couchh)”,2016
Silkscreen print on tarp, polythene, wood, spray, rivets.
92 1/8 x 59 7/8 Inches. / 234 x 152 cm

34-2016x8481_gregory_copitet_nkr_0858_bd-01Antoine Donzeaud
Ordinary Objects for Common Use (Couchhh)”,2016
Silkscreen print on tarp, polythene, wood, spray, rivets.
78 x 53 2/13 Inches. / 198 x 135 cm

35-2016x8482_gregory_copitet_nkr_0860_bd-01Antoine Donzeaud
Ordinary Objects for Common Use (Couch)”,2016
Silkscreen print on tarp, polythene, wood, spray, rivets.
94 1/2 x 70 1/2 Inches. / 240 x 179 cm

De 10h à 4h du matin
by Antoine Donzeaud
at Galerie Valentin, Paris
from October 20 to November 19, 2016
photo: Grégory Copitet /
Courtesy of the artist and Valentin, Paris.

www.galeriechezvalentin.com