"Mise en Abime" by Guillaume Chansarel

26 Mar 2022 – 24 Apr 2022

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10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

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HUGO GALERIE is pleased to present “Mise en Abime”, the debut solo exhibition with works of art by Guillaume Chansarel. This new collection of original paintings by the French artist depicts an unusual perspective of the Parisienne city through the vision of Invader urban artworks.


HUGO GALERIE is pleased to present Mise en Abime, a solo exhibition of Guillaume Chansarel’s street scenes poised as sidewalk conversations—between artists, between artworks, and between architectures.

Mise en Abime translates to Abyss, an endless, perhaps even circuitous foray. Something that goes on and on and on. A story within a story. An artwork of an artwork. A conversation about a conversation. There is an almost labyrinthine quality to the reference. And the journey that Chansarel guides us through is meta in this sense.

For this collection, Chansarel strolled Paris hunting for another artist’s work: Invader’s tiled characters installed on building facades. Invader is known for the pixelated aesthetic of his street art found all over the world, but nowhere more than his hometown of Paris. Chansarel engages with these interventions to create a looping dialogue between artists, artworks, and the architecture that supports them both.

Watching the videos of Chansarel at work (accessed via QR code on the front of each painting) is like witnessing a master illusionist. Seemingly effortless strokes of his pencil and paintbrush suddenly culminate in fully formed Parisian neighborhoods. A restrained color palette miraculously conveys the signature details of the city’s character. Chansarel expands the definition of street art to include not only Invader’s rogue installations but also his own, refined, urban views. He flips the exterior and interior, bringing the outside in and the viewer outside. He takes the hard edge of architecture and softens it with the romanticism of the written word, further recalling the many discourses at play. 

And all these discourses, he recontextualizes. Chansarel says “Paris is a museum with bare walls only waiting to be decorated.” But he inverts this sentiment by showing us the artistic quality inherent in each city corner he captures. His narrative renounces expectations—even our very understanding of the exhibition title, Abyss. His expression of the word is not a folding in, a bottomless pit, but an outward blossoming of infinite possibility. Like two mirrors facing to create endless and rippling reflections. Like two artists, two artworks, two architectures meeting to create endless and layered conversations.

HUGO GALERIE is a fine art gallery in New York City specializing in contemporary figurative painting and sculpture. The gallery represents an international roster of artists working in a variety of media and range of genres. Please direct inquiries to info@hugogalerie.com.

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