For the first exhibition in her new studio in Soho, Alex selected a series of collaborative drawings by Paris artist and designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac and London artist Robert Montgomery.
Robert Montgomery follows a tradition of conceptual art and stands out by bringing a poetic voice to the discourse of text art. Montgomery creates billboard poems, light pieces, fire poems, woodcuts and water-colours.
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is a Fashion Designer who is both emblematic and unique to our time. Initiator of a bold cross between fashion and art, since the 1970s, he led the way in democratizing art by transposing it in a conventional ultra feminine wardrobe.
This exhibition consisted on a series of drawings that were made by mailing works in progress between Castelbajac’s studio in Paris and Montgomery’s studio in London with the artists drawing on the same page – a mail art conversation crossing the channel back and forth, like love letters. Castelbajac illustrates Montgomery’s poetry and Montgomery adds calligraphic lines to Castelbajac’s iconic figures.
The idea of collaborative drawing in modernism was invented in Paris in the early 20th Century by the Surrealists and Castelbajac and Montgomery are their contemporary heirs. The drawings celebrate the enduring magic of both cities, the secret romance that follows the route of the Eurostar, and hallucinate angels above the rooftops of the 10eme and W1.