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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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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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I bought this book <ATLAS DE POCHE DES PLANTES DES CHAMPS DES PRAIRIES & DES BOIS> from Maison Empereur in Marseille (the shop should be visited if you are ever in Marseille!).

This book is a reproduction of what was originally printed at the end of 19th century, therefore some texts are outdated. But owing to that, it is a beautiful book. This book in particular is about plants, however there’s a book about other topics – mushrooms, fish, birds, butterflies, etc – within the series. You can check the whole series here (click on “curiosités naturelles”).

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ATLAS DE POCHE DES PLANTES DES CHAMPS DES PRAIRIES & DES BOIS
Éditions Bibliomane
ISBN : 978-2-36743-030-0

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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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