12 of us Moderne Jazzers – Christ, Cor21, Frida, Gsulf, Hams, Ishem 8, Matti, Noteen, Obisk, Yor81, ンタン – had a vernissage of our third exhibition together last Saturday (Nov 11) at Module in Paris. We all made a children’s toy and some sketches,ンタン made the poster above and Christ wrote the text about the exhibition. Here is a quick peek of the exhibition, but for all the details, you should go to the exhibition in person ; )


Yor81


Noteen


Obisk


Frida


Matti


Yor81


Ishem 8


Frida


Hams


ンタン


Christ


Cor21


Gsulf

Big big thanks to everyone who came out under the rain, it was fun : )

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FFRRRRVUMVUMTACTAC ! ! 
November 11 – December 1, 2017
Open every Saturday 16h to 19h
Module
9 rue Cyrano de Bergerac
75018 Paris

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Because our flat is old and it is also our studio, we don’t have clean white walls. It would be too much of work to paint our living room white (yes, we would paint on walls outside, but we think it is too much work to paint our house), so we decided to cover up a piece of wall which was painted by a friend CT many years ago back to white.

A week later, I’m still not use to the new clean wall with Fredun Shapur‘s poster. Now, I’m thinking that it would be nice to paint the whole living room white, but the clean walls wouldn’t last long anyways so I will just leave it as it is.

By the way, the paint splash on Mattie’s shoes and pants is from another day when he went out to paint, and didn’t happen in the house ; )

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As I posted here a few days ago, we had our zine launch this past Saturday at Module.

We had posters on the wall, which were the extra or experimental prints we made during the making of the zines, and also nailed the tea towels on the wall. We showed our zines on a long table.

I’ve been to exhibitions, openings and launches, but it definitely feels different when you are on the other side. Especially since this was my first time doing any sort of launch, and although it was a small one and Mattie was doing it with me, I was still, as always, shy about showing my works. But many came by to check out what we have made, showed interest, and hung out with us through out the day despite the rainy weather.

As we were metro’ing back home at the end of the day, I realized how amazing it is that people would give us their precious time and hard earned money for what we make. Truly grateful. Also big big thanks to Module for opening the space for us, for the generosity, for making this possible <3

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Zines and posters: will be on Éditions Peinture‘s site soon.
Tea towels: RUE DES BELLES FEUILLES

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Researching and trying to find a way to stamp dye onto fabric for RUE DES BELLES FEUILLES took a long while. Once I finally made giant stamps and Mattie made me a stamping surface with edges so I can line up the stamps, Mattie thought of a new project for himself – a giant zine. So he also cut out stamps while I was busy stamping on my linens, and he also stamped, not on fabric, but on paper. He also suggested that I make prints on paper using the same stamps I used on linen. Mattie chose to stamp with offset printing ink which takes some days to dry. So in between my dye mixtures, giant stamps, test fabric pieces, linen, drying rack, chemical water buckets taking over every floor, wall, even fridge space in our tiny flat, we also attached lines across the ceiling to hang dry the prints as we slept under them for several weeks.

The result is our two zines. These two are not your typical zine in size nor technique. We would like to show them to you in person this coming Saturday, November 4th at Module in Paris, from 2 to 8pm. Come by, have some candies, wish Mattie a happy birthday (it’s his birthday!) and flip through the zines. See you there! : )

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MATTI & GSULF ZINE LAUNCH
November 4, 2017
Module
9, rue Cyrano de Bergerac
75018 Paris

2 – 8 pm
Facebook event

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Paul Cox made new visuals for Théâtre du Nord, and these are promotional prints my friend grabbed from a bookstore. He gifted me the bottom one or I half forced him. Merci Alexis! One of the shapes reminds me of the 10×10 original Mattie surprised me with a while back.

Now if someone can find me the upper one… ; )

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Recent trip to Rennes was to attend the varnissage of Kevin’s solo exhibition at Galerie 126. Kevin Pinsembert aka Christ is a recent graduate from ENSCI (an industrial design graduate school), an artist, a graffiti writer, the tallest member of Moderne Jazz, foremost a friend, always curious, finds beauty everywhere. Really everywhere. He is also a avid sketcher. If you ever run into him, you’ll most likely see him sketching on his often homemade sketchbook with a black fine felt-tip pen. I always enjoy going through it – his shaky lines, mirrored writings, some graffiti, some drawings, often sketches of ideas, some pure shapes…

This exhibition titled <CADRES> is his first solo show, and simply put, it is a blow up 3D version of his sketchbook in color. I love it.

The exhibition is finished, sorry, but you can see more photos of the exhibition here and the photos of his residency at Galerie 126 preparing for this exhibition here, and you can follow his instagram account here.

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CADRES
Kevin Pinsembert
Galerie 126
Sept 29 – Oct 20, 2017

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Paris was melting hot in June. For good and bad, I started a new printing project during this month, which involved lots of tests and patience. Good because I was experimenting with dye which works best in warm temperature, but bad because the printing process turned out to be quite a workout and the hot weather significantly shortened my patience. But at last, here they are – my first tea towel series!

I love the quality and the characteristic of linen, and it was important for me to print on 100% good quality linen. To print, I made giant stamps to press with dye paste. Pressing with hands was almost impossible from the beginning, so I ended up stepping, which quickly turned into dancing steps, on top of stamps. If you are interested, I shared work-in-progress some months ago.

I made a little online store RUE DES BELLES FEUILLES, where you will find more information about the tea towels. I’d very much appreciate if you head over to the store and check them out. And let me know what you think <3

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RUE DES BELLES FEUILLES

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For two days we – Alexis Poline, Mathieu Julien, Obisk and I –  metro’ed to Saint Ouen, suburb of Paris, to paint the walls of Henri Groues (homeless shelter)’s communal space. From outside, you would never guess what is on the other side of the wall – a cosy enclosed hang out space with flowers and a vegetable garden. I hope we gave a little more color and happiness to the space : )

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Quick stop at Ishem’s atelier to pick up paints and off to a canal.

Ishem, Torpen, Gsulf, Matti, Djob, Christ, Soir

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When we owned a wasteland somewhere in Marseille.

Matti, Eliot, Ishem, Christ, Soir, Gsulf, Djob

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