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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With the guys in Moderne Jazz, we began a game – one makes a sketch, and the rest of the crew paint using the sketch : )

Torpen visited Paris one day, and he left us a sketch before he left. So we went off with the sketch and painted it. I lost his original sketch, but maybe you can imagine it by looking at what we did with it.

Soir, Obisk, Gsulf, Matti

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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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Here it is, the very first painting on wall of 2017. It was on a sunny day in January, but oh man it was so painfully cold.

Matti, Gsulf, Obisk, Dino, Christ.

Moderne Jazz.

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I like calendars. It grounds my thoughts and gives me a sense of comfort. I always looked for a calendar which the days would simply continue regardless of the month change. Yet, I’ve never found one.

So I decided to make one for 2017. The weeks start on Sundays, and the days are written in English while the months are French abbreviations. All the days were hand stamped and scanned. It is printed on both sides of two newspaper sheets.

I made extra prints, so contact me if we share the same taste in calendar.
€6 incl shipping.

Happy 2017 yo!

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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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Somewhere on a gloomy day.

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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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My first trip to Europe was more than a decade ago in my early 20’s when I was invited to Fabrica for a year long residency. Fabrica, located in Treviso, Italy, is a design research center created by Benetton. I was in the video department, and this is where I started playing and experimenting with moving images. I ended up staying at Fabrica for a month short of two years. It was a dream-like moment in my life which I can’t even put into words. This place without a doubt gave me the most unique experience which led me to move and to stay in Europe till this day.

Fabrica hosted a reunion this past summer, inviting hundreds of ex-fabricantis (how we call ourselves). It was exciting and intense as all reunions probably are.

I was also a little afraid if I would look at my current self from my decade-ago-point-of-view, when I was young, energetic, full of dreams and ambitions, and be somewhat disappointed at where I am now. But after the three-day reunion, I realized that I am happy where I am today. I guess I grew up a little since I left Fabrica : )

Oh and how beautiful Treviso is. Can’t believe I called this place my home for two years!

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www.fabrica.it

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