Artworks by Théo Vallier
February 4, 2009
29 year-old French urban
grunge artist Théo VALLIER has exhibited his works numerous
times in Paris and Marseille. He is now living in Phnom Penh
where he explores the evolution of street culture.
Théo Vallier's work repeals the notion of permanency in
everything and of any shape and pushes the viewer into being
absorbed by the piece and becoming closer to the material.
The process used to corrode the metal sheets imparts a
unique feeling to his works that reflects his perception of
the urban world and the interaction between humans and
Fan of the night and of phantasmagoria ambiances generated
by city lights, the street walls become mirrors, suddenly
bringing to life a shadowy, hidden world. At night,
reflections and lights reveal another city, other streets, a
different urban world…
The urban grunge artist finds in the streets a singular
material - rust - product of time, decay and urban erosion.
Here, the rusted metal sheet of a roof spills sepia liquid
down the wall. There, a neglected gate blooms in rusted
colours. This material is born, breathes, changes, decays:
it lives… and dies.
Théo uses rusted metal sheeting as a living substrate,
playing on the interaction between metal and water, paint
and decay, rust and time, in order to fulfill his vision of
"street entropy", a vision I invite you to contemplate, and
With the support of:
The Albert Kunstadter Family Foundation – The Rockefeller Foundation -