CINEMATIC ANIMATIONS BY GERIKO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Geriko, the Franco-Belgian creative duo of Hélène Jeudy and Antoine Caëcke, creates cinematic animations bound to make your jaw drop. The Paris-based pair come from a background in graphic design, illustration and animation, working both individually for a number of years before establishing their collective identity and aesthetic.

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Geriko’s graphic style, influenced by Japanese manga and anime and Belgian comic book art, is created in a combination of 2D, 3D and traditional animation.

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BLUE SERIES BY JULES JULIEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Amsterdam based artist Jules Julien‘s universe crosses many opposite sides; colorful and dark, graphic and sensitive, realistic and surreal. His clean and simple aesthetic makes his work immediately recognizable. He puts in scene a world where the symbol blends with the anecdote and where the strange is concealed behind the images in his meticulous paintings.

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MONOCHROMATIC WATERCOLOR BY FABIEN MERELLE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Tours and Paris based Fabien Mérelle is a highly talented and emerging young French artist who creates delicately detailed drawings in black ink and watercolor. Although Mérelle’s drawings appear at first sight realistic in their rendering, they in fact depict outworldly scenarios, unsettling situations and dream-like occurrences.

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These renderings, simultaneously absurd, humorous, ironic and cruel, weave their own tapestry of tales and legends, blurring the line between what has been written and what our memory has forged.

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BIZARRE PERSPECTIVES BY GUY BILLOUT

by Ariadna Zierold

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French surrealist Guy Billout‘s universe of ironic illustrations has a tendency to magnify one’s anxieties, whilst offering humor and a look into a bizarro version of society.

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Billout’s aesthetic style is clean and spare, sometimes incorporating some ironic element. His work is overall minimal, but the subject in each piece offers scenarios that makes you think of countless outcomes and possibilities.

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ART BRUT BY AUGUSTIN LESAGE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Augustin Lesage was a French coal miner who became painter and artist through the help of what he considered to be spirit voices. He was untrained and is considered an Outsider artist, part of Art Brut. His work is also categorized as part of the spiritualist movement in art.

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Lesage claimed, that he would never have any idea about what he wanted to portray. “I never have an overview of the entire work at any point of the execution. My guides tell me, I surrender to their impulse“.

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MUSICAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY OLIVIER BONHOMME

by Ariadna Zierold

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Olivier Bonhomme is a talented art director and illustrator based in Montpellier, France. He graduated from the Ecole Emile Cohl in 2010 and has been working with different clients, newspapers, and studios as an illustrator and art director.He co-founded in parallel the BK studio in 2012 in which he produces digital art research facilities and devices for applying the image to the scene. Bonhomme is a fan of jazz and a saxophonist for the past twenty years. He tints his universe with the sound of bebop and swing.

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PAPERWORKS BY ZIM AND ZOU

by Ariadna Zierold
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Zim&Zou are two french artists, based in Nancy. The duo is composed of Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann. They studied graphic design (design, publishing, advertising) during three years. The duo decided to focus on installations using handcrafted objects made out of tangible materials such as paper, wood, thread, etc. rolling away from computer design.
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Anchored in craftsmanship, they create all the elements composing their installations by hand, from drawing to cutting and assembling. Their favorite material is the paper they’re manipulating to give rise to intricate and colorful sculptures. Paper inspires them for its versatility, infinite range of colors and unique textures. The flat paper sheets turned into volume are giving an installation the poetry of ephemeral material.
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ANTHROPOLOGICAL IMAGINARY BY THEO MERCIER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mexico City-based French artist Theo Mercier’s practice is based on his object collection, which he presents in playful assemblages, while drawing on the implied histories they emit. His recent works  incorporate local and organic materials and forms; emanating an intentionally homogenized view of “primitive” art.

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His assemblages relate both literal layers of the past and the immaterial overlay of an anthropological imaginary. In Mercier’s work there is a real sense of whimsicality about the whole process. There is also an apparent humor of chance results which all lead to new avenues worth pursuing even within the same objects of art.

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MATHIEU TREMBLIN MAKES GRAFFITI LEGIBLE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mathieu Tremblin is born in 1980 in Le Mans. He works and lives in Arles and Strasbourg, France. Inspired by anonymous, autonomous and spontaneous practices and expressions in urban space, Tremblin implements simple and playful actions in order to question the systems of legislation, representation and symbolization of the city.

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He recently took to the streets of France on a mission to improve the legibility of ugly graffiti. Mimicking the scale, color, and layering of each tag, Tremblin created his own replica in a perfectly crisp font.

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