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<CODE ERREUR>, a zine by Lomé 77 and edited by Super-structure, which I picked up at Salon Mirage in Brussels last weekend.

I met Lomé several years ago while she was working with Frenchfourch. Since we never really talk and only exchange hello’s and smiles every time we come across each other, she is a mystery to me. And she probably doesn’t know that I’m a fan of her works.

More of her works here, and you can get your copy of this zine here.

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<CODE ERREUR> by Lomé 77
Edited by Super-structure

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Last Friday, I took a bus to Brussels. After four long hours, chatting with a friendly Senegalese man who sat next to me (he started the conversation with “Senegal is love peace and harmony”), I arrived at Salon Mirage – a three day edition/book/zine festival.

Mattie (now my husband since a few weeks ago <3) was invited for a group exhibition during the festival along with Quentin Chambry, Alexis Poline and Adrien Frégosi. All four of them live in different cities (Paris, Rennes, Angers, Sète), so they arrived in Brussels a week before the exhibition opening to produce all the works under the same roof.

Mattie didn’t send me any photos during the week of the production, and I didn’t really ask for them. Mattie’s last few exhibitions were with me, so I was looking forward to be surprised by what he would produce with other guys.

When I walked up to the gallery space which was a floor above the book fair, Senegalese man’s words on the bus came to my mind – “love peace and harmony!” A group exhibition could often be chaotic or divided, but instead, I found the show otherwise. Also, even though I know everyone’s work really well – especially Mattie, Quentin and Alexis’ works – their choice of collaborating made the works new and surprising.


Quentin painted these series with diluted ink off of a carbon paper.


Mattie made the base print using smeared offset printing ink, then together with Quentin and Alexis, they painted on top with ink and oil sticks.


Alexis usual giant canvases, but with unusual brush strokes and color combination. 


Drew by Quentin and colored by Alexis. One of my favorite pieces.


Mattie’s paper cut out series, which surprised me the most, using feather light papers and staples. They hung loosely by yarns, almost floating and beautifully backlit by the window behind them.

The book festival was equally great – cozy atmosphere, friendly people, admirable zines (I will share them in future posts), satisfying croque-monsieur served at the bar. You can check out the photos of the festival here (French).

It was a short trip, and we took the train back to Paris on Sunday. As we were walking to the train station, I would not stop talking about Belgium french fries and american filet (my must eats in Belgium) which we didn’t have time to eat and wished I had a few more hours in Brussels. Well, next time : )

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PREMIER RECARD
Group exhibition at Salon Mirage (Brussels, Belgium)
Quentin ChambryAlexis PolineAdrien Frégosi, Mathieu Julien
15, 16, 17 September, 2017

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Leaves from Kyoto, Japan.

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A funny zine by Quentin Chambry, a friend and an artist whom I mentioned on my blog a few times already.


Makes me laugh every time OOH!!!
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http://www.quentinchambry.com/shop/o-o-h/

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When I first discovered José Ja Ja Ja‘s zine and wrote a post about it last year, I only knew his black and white drawings. But I know how awesome his drawings are in colors because his new zines <DRAWINGS FOR BOREDOM> and <GRUNDFUNKEN> are in full colors.

More info about <Drawings for Boredom> here and about <Grundfunken> here. And follow him on his tumblr or instagram.

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Writing this, I realized this is the first time I post something about Danslecieltoutvabien. Really?!! I’m shouting because I’ve been a fan of his work for some time now. He is an artist based in Nantes, France whom I had a chance to meet a couple of times on different occasions, yet I learned that he is Danslecieltoutvabien only recently. Another note, I’m not sure if I’m suppose to write his name with spaces ‘dans le ciel tout va bien’ or all attached. Please correct me if you know.

I’m sure I’ll write about his work more in the future, but this post is about his zine which I picked up last year during Fanzine Festival in Paris. It is titled <Le dimanche, les volcans sont en vacances> which means Sundays, the volcanoes are on holiday. It was one of the most talked about zine during the festival among our friends. The drawings of the volcanoes and explosions are all crazy beautiful. And to top it all, it is printed on a delicately thin and soft paper.

More information about the zine here and more of his work on his tumblr. I think the only way you can get this copy is by sending him a facebook message.

 

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I realized I pressed some leaves in late 2016 which I still haven’t archived on my herbier collection. I guess I’ve been busy and lazy. I have to admit I’ve been quite slow with my herbier collection, and cold and wet weather doesn’t help. Over the weekend, I finally set down and took the long waited leaves out from the presser and tape them on to my herbier paper. This process is always very calming. Fragile leaves force you to handle them with care and respect. And once they are archived, they will always be handled with respect. It’s amazing how such a mundane thing could become so worthy.

While archiving, I also took some time to go through the leaves in my collection.

I can’t wait for the weather to warm up to start herbier of 2017.

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This is titled <CAVALE>, a collection of Idir Davaine‘s landscape paintings. Paintings are so abstract which makes me wonder what its real landscape might of looked like. Going through the paintings, it gives me an itch to go chill in nature, or start painting landscapes. You will understand when you see the book in real.

I also very much like the book’s format and the layout with the colored edge.

Always extra nice when you get a dedication from the artist : )

Maybe I should try painting landscapes hehe. But for now, you can check out more of Idir Davaine on his site and Instagram. And more info about this book here.

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www.3foisparjour.com/cavale.html#cavale13

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<OBISK 93> is the latest zine by Obisk from Éditions Peinture. This zine is in a very unusual format – analogue photo prints in a pocket as if you developed your film from a photo studio. Before digital cameras came along, graffiti writers documented their short lived paintings on streets by taking analogue photos. Now digital cameras replaced those film cameras, though some graffiti writers still continue to archive their works by taking analogue photos. Obisk is one of them, and Éditions Peinture asked him to make a zine in this format. As a lover of analogue photos and a fan of Obisk’s graffiti, I find this zine golden. The bonus is that it comes with a folded poster with Obisk’s original tag.

More info over at Éditions Peinture and check out Obisk’s instagram @obisk_premier.

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www.editionspeinture.com/product/obisk-93-obisk

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Alexis Poline aka Soir made a fanzine with Éditions Peinture, and it’s appropriately titled <SOIR>. It’s printed with a spirit duplicator – an obsolete printing method which Éditions Peinture brought back to make an ongoing series of artist fanzines.

Drawings in Alexis’ fanzine derived from his small sketches (and notes) in his small sketchbook which he carries around everywhere (as it also functions as his wallet where he keeps his ATM card, shhhhh). So looking through the fanzine <SOIR> is as if you are looking into his private sketchbook, meaning it’s definitely worth a look and every penny ; )

Two extra notes –

One, Alexis Poline’s crew <Les Trois Clémentines> with Guillaume Pellay and Quentin Chambry is currently having an exhibition at Raum Vollreinigung in Berlin. I would definitely go if I were you ; )

Two, yes, I’m wearing a ski onesie in these photos. It has been that cold in my house.

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www.editionspeinture.com/product/soir-alexis-poline

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