March 21, 2018

Lost Art #42: Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, Paris

Hey everybody! 

Finally the first days of spring! It's been a rough winter. There were only a few breaks in the nasty cold/snowy weather, and it's been hard to catch one of those moments, but I did finally manage to get out there! I was so excited to paint on this beautiful guitar I found sticking out of a pile of trash. I wanted to find a very special spot for it, and I think I did. I took it into the Pere Lachaise cemetery! I'll need your help though, as I'm afraid the caretakers of the cemetery will be apt to toss this one back in the trash again as soon as they see it. They stopped by several times while I was painting it to make sure I wasn't planning to play it. I fear that if I'n not there to defend it, it might get tossed out rather quickly. So I've left it early in the day, leaning against a tree, out of direct sight from the path that the guardians were taking. I hope there's enough time for someone to find it! And if you do, then please let me know!

This painting, acrylic on found guitar, 100cm x 37cm, was left at the intersection of Avenue Casimir-Périer and Chemin Serré, inside the cemetery Père-Lachaise in Paris, on March 21st, 2018, at 1pm.

If you have found this piece, it is yours to keep, but please let me know in the comments!

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November 25, 2017

Lost Art #41: Place de la République, Paris

Hey everybody! 

I know, I know, I know. I'm always saying that the next one is coming soon, and this one has been coming forever. But it's been an exceptionally busy year. Since my last Lost Art, I did another big portrait commission, a site-specific performance and projection in Holland, and just finished installing a new audio/video piece for a group show back here in France. I've been spinning around, and working hard in all directions. But I'm always looking forward to getting back to this project whenever I get the chance! As for this piece, I actually found the broken chair and began the painting at Republique a while back, but just never had the opportunity to finish it and drop it off. So here it finally is! The plastic chair is returned to the streets from which it came. I hope that somebody finds it and drops me a line. Let me know if that somebody is you! I also hope that you're all having a lovely late autumn, and that the cold doesn't stop you from going out to look for art in the streets. You never know where you might find it! (I'm losing it everywhere!) It's great to be back :). 

This painting, acrylic on found broken chair back, 47.5 cm x 40 cm, was left on the Place de la République in Paris, on November 25th, 2017 at 4:30pm.

If you have found this piece, please let me know in the comments!

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July 23, 2017

Lost Art #40: River Road, Shawnee on Delaware, PA

Hey everyone! 
I hope you're all having a great July! I'm on my summer visit to the United States, hanging out with my dad in Pennsylvania, and I thought I would try to do a painting near the Shawnee General Store, where we like to have lunch together when I'm home. Luckily, I found this old seat cushion not far away, so I decided to sit down and paint on it after lunch the other day. It's always meaningful for me when I have the chance to come home and hang out with my dad. He was the one who first taught me to paint, and every time I show him something I'm working on, he always has great advice for me. I was thinking of him as I worked on this one, and I hope that whoever finds it is reminded of their own happy summer memories with the people they love. As for me, I'm off to the airport tomorrow, flying back to France. So if you're looking for some Lost Art there, don't fear! I'll get to work as soon as I'm back :). For now, enjoy the sunshine. And I hope you find art wherever you are!

This painting, acrylic on found old seat cushion15" x 14.5", was left on River Road, in Shawnee on Delaware PA on July 23th, 2017, at 1:45 pm.

If you have found this piece, please let me know in the comments!

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June 10, 2017

Lost Art #39: Place Maurice Chevalier, Paris

Hey everybody! 

I hope you're all enjoying the lovely weather! I managed to venture out and lose some art today, in a neighborhood I rarely get to, in the 20th arrondissement. I happened to have a broken piece of chimney pipe that I'd picked up in the street, and this church on the place Maurice Chevalier seemed like a good fit for its dimensions. I hope that somebody finds it and gets in touch! Now that the summer is here, I'm already looking forward to losing some more art in the coming weeks. As always, if you know somebody in the neighborhood, please share and spread the word. And if you have any questions about the project, don't hesitate to drop me a line!

This painting, acrylic on found broken chimney pipe, 16.5cm x 31.5cm, was left on the Place Maurice Chevalier in Paris, on April 26th, 2017 at 3:00pm.

If you have found this piece, please let me know in the comments!

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April 26, 2017

Lost Art #38: Port des Champs-Élysées, Paris

Hey everybody! 

It looks like spring is finally arriving in Paris, and that means that I'll be doing a lot more outdoor painting again. Our good friend David Wise was in town visiting from Toronto last week, and he was making a film about his trip. He thought it would be fun to film the process of making a Lost Art painting, so we picked up this old discarded record player and found a nice place to sit with it by the river. Believe it or not, I think this is the first time the Eiffel Tower has made an appearance in one of these paintings :). David filmed me painting it while he asked me some questions about the series. Then I took the painting home to dry and it took several days for me to find a moment to go drop it off. Today, I'm finally releasing the record player back into the world, and leaving it in the place where I painted it. As always, there's a map to the location below, for you treasure hunters who want to go looking for it! And if you have friends in the area, please share the post in case they might want to grab it. Also, keep an eye out for David Wise's film! I'll be sure to post a link to it here when it's available for viewing. I hope you're all having a lovely April, and I look forward to losing a lot more art in the weeks to come!  

This painting, acrylic on found broken record player, 33cm x 33cm, was left on the Port des Champs-Élysées in Paris, on April 26th, 2017 at 3:00pm.

If you have found this piece, please let me know in the comments!

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