Pascal Tassini was born in Belgium in 1955 into a family of three children. He lived with his parents until they died, when one of his brothers took responsibility for him and sent him to the Créahm workshops in Liège in 1986.
Tassini, who tidies obsessively, initially contented himself with neatening the studio until he stumbled upon the reproduction of a sculpture in a catalogue of an exhibition of African art. He then began working with clay before trying his hand at drawing and painting. At the same time, he began stealing chairs and other material which he used to build a hut within the studio. Its structure changed constantly with the objects he was given as gifts and those he hunted around for. They were bound by a tangle of fabrics (his studio companions’ work clothes) all tied together. Teresa Maranzano compares this private space to Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbau. He welcomes visitors to his den on condition that they undergo a medical check-up. Presenting himself as Doctor Tassini and wearing a white coat, he takes their pulses and cures all ills.
For the past ten years, Tassini has worked only with textiles, switching between the clothes he makes, like brides’ dresses and headdresses, the decoration of his hut, and wrapping for objects such as those Judith Scott made. He intertwines scraps of material to make a webbing with numerous outgrowths, and writes letters consisting of the same letter of the alphabet repeated over and over. He signs off with two interlinked rings.
do the write thing 2: read between the lines, from april 26th to june 2nd, 2018.
pascal tassini: nexus, christian berst gallery, from november 2nd to december 2nd, 2017.
seuls&accompagnés, art)&(marges museum, brussels, belgium, from june 23rd to september 17th 2017.
inextricabilia, enchevêtrements magiques, la maison rouge, paris, from june 23th to september 17th 2017.
in abstracto, christian berst gallery, from june 8th to july 15th, 2017.
monsens, fine arts museum, mons, belgium, curators : carine fole and yolande de bontridder, from june 20th to september 6th 2015.
pascal tassini, collection de l'art brut, lausanne, from february 13th to may 10th 2015.
"art paris - art fair 2013", stand : christian berst gallery, grand palais, from march 28th to april 1st 2013.
pascal tassini, madmusée, liege, belgium, from december 3rd to february 25th 2012.
rentrée hors les normes 2012, découvertes et nouvelles acquisitions, christian berst gallery, from september 8th to october 13th 2012.
textil, kunsthaus kannen, münster, germany, from june 5th to september 25th 2011.
le mariage du docteur tassini, international biennial of design, chapelle saint-roche, liege, belgium, from october 13rd to october 24th 2010.
madmusée collection paris, maison des métallos, paris, from april 16th to april 30th 2010.
in_out, museum of wallon art, liege, belgium, from september 12th to november 9th 2008.
le mad au mamac, museum of modern art and contemporary art, liege, belgium, from june 8th to july 8th 2007.
connexions particulières, museum of modern art and contemporary art, liege, belgium, from may 6th to june 20th 1999.
"graphomanies brutes", claire margat, art press 2, n°49, august, september, october 2018, pp.52-56.
exhibition catalougue, do the write thing 2 : read between the lines, christian berst art brut ed., 2018
exhibition catalogue, pascal tassini: nexus, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2017.
exhibition catalogue, inextricabilia, enchevêtrements magiques, la maison rouge, flammarion, paris, 2017, pp. 136-137.
exhibition catalogue, in abstracto, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2017.
exhibition cataogue, rentrée hors-les-normes 2012, découvertes et nouvelles acquisitions, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2012.
pascal tassini, madmusée - créahm, liege, 2011.
jaune ciel ou blanc foncé, l'atelier arts plastiques du créahm, liege, 2010.
madmusée collection 1998-2008, madmusée - créahm, liege, 2008.
"mad in" : défilé insolite de créations originales, madmusée ed., liege, 2006.
visions singulières - zonder-lingte denk-beelden - singular visions, carine fol, bozar, brussels, mercatorfonds, antwerp, 2005.
le docteur tassini. tout le monde est sous le contrôle de son regard, a.s. dejace, notice n°17, madmusée ed., 2003.
connexions particulières : de l'art brut à l'art différencié, m.f. safin-crahay, m. struzik, mad ed., liege, 1999.
catalogue published to mark the exhibition
pascal tassini : nexus
november 2 to december 2, 2017
forewords: christian berst
text by léa chauvel-lévy
204 pages quadri, 8.2 x 8.2 inches, bilingual french / english.
Price : 25 €
ISBN : 979-10-90463-46-2
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