Jacques Villegle

Jacques Villeglé’s collages teeter on the border between art and nonart, composition and chaos. The artist makes his work by tearing posters from the Paris streets and neatly mounting and framing the shredded, layered images. Unfortunately, Villeglé’s images lack both the distilled quality of more studied art and the ragged beauty of the posters in their original contexts—plastered to soot-darkened walls, subject to changes in light and weather, competing for attention with the grinding noise of cars and buses and the blinking of traffic lights.

Mimmo Rotella, and Raymond Hains, members of the nouveau réaliste movement, developed the décollage technique in the ’50s. Villeglé considers himself a collector rather than a creator, though in truth his role is closer to that of an editor: Villeglé isolates sections of posters already slashed by previous passersby. He does come up with some

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