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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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When I was at Galerie 126 last September for an exhibition, I snuck some photos of Quentin Chambry‘s pottery corner. Quentin is possibly the friendliest dude you might ever meet. And he is also an artist who runs Galerie 126 with a few of his friends who also might be the friendliest bunch you might ever meet. For a side note, Mattie and I aka AMATEURS did a residency and an exhibition in 2015 at Galerie 126 which was a dream ; )

He’s been making these vases which closely resemble his drawings for his past exhibitions, and I always loved them. Since I took these photos, some have been glazed which I saw in his instagram.

Check out his work on his site and follow his instagram.

Alert! Quentin and his friends, Guillaume Pellay and Alexis Poline, are having an exhibition <Die Drei Clementinen> at Raum Vollreinigung in Berlin. Berliners, go to the opening today (February 10, 2017) at 19h and say hi for me : )

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A day before heading to LA for some work and family time over the Christmas and new year, I squeezed in an exhibition. By pure chance I heard about a kimono exhibition at Maison de la culture du Japon. Due to my recent trip to Japan (which is another story to come later), I was instantly interested without any further knowledge about the exhibition. And how glad I am to have visited the exhibition! It was one of the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in 2016.

As I didn’t research about the exhibition beforehand, everything was a surprise. The exhibiting kimonos were hand painted by Kunihiko Moriguchi, Japanese living national treasure for his works with Yuzen. Yuzen is a Japanese dyeing technique involving a lot of tedious steps.

I was amazed by the patience Yuzen demands from its creators, and also shamed by how I quickly become demotivated and overwhelmed facing complicated processes. With this in mind, I wish to be more patient and brave in 2017. And happy new year to you too.

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Kunihiko Moriguchi
Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris
Nov 16 – Dec 17

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Our crew Moderne Jazz made a scarf!

Sorry, sold out :/

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Designed by Gsulf for Fanzines Festival 2016.

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Ishem Rouiaï is an impressive and charismatic guy, who on a normal day wears a judogi top and boxing shorts with a fox fur around his neck, then only an hour later he would change into his leopard print tank top and flashy jogging pants. But foremost, Ishem is a generous, warm, easygoing friend. Also he is a very talented artist who currently lives in Marseille and a member of Moderne Jazz.

This September, after his short residence at Galerie 126 in Rennes, he had his solo exhibition titled <AGRUM’ LEMON>. I was happy to be there for the vernissage.

Check out the photos of his residency here for all the interesting behind the scene photos. Also check out the zines he made during his residency here and here. And of course follow Ishem on his site, Instagram and tumblr.

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AGRUM’ LEMON
Ishem Rouiaï
16/09/16  – 28/10/16
Galerie 126

 

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