How would you describe your style?
Free What are your main sources of inspiration (artists, graphic designers, etc.)?
Right now, I’m looking at a lot of photography, because the art world pisses me off. What can you tell us about the two works on display at ArtLigue?
Two hoodies are walking around Châtelet and a tramp is sleeping at République. “I was really wondering what he thought of all that”. What was the creative process for these works? Is it consistent with your usual approach?
The picture of the “hoodies” was drawn, as are all my drawings, from a photo taken on the spot. The original is an A4 made specifically for the exhibition; it’s very similar and fits in well in my fanzine work for a fanzine called Deadpan. Deadpan has evolved from an underground project to a form of recognition I didn’t anticipate or want: this made them become more professional, and they can now equally address the life of my marginal friends and the life of a brand or bank. We have now published 24 issues, in more or less limited editions. The original République drawing is huge (about 2.70 x 3.50 metres). It belongs to a series seldom shown because of its size, and was first presented at a concert. The subject of the tramp is a recurring theme in my work: to me, it represents the dream of freedom at its ultimate height and its worst fulfilment.
Do you use different creative methods depending on the nature of the project (artistic, commission, experimental)?
Life alone decides on the form that a particular work takes.
What is your view on graphic design today?
I believe our generation of skaters, hispters and bohos has developed a style that is both its own thing and entirely under the influence of movements to which it cannot be reduced. Do you believe there is a boundary between visual arts and graphic design? If so, where would you place it?
Normally, art isn’t supposed to address a market need, but an inner necessity.
Should graphic design be included in the arts, or does it already belong there?
Like anything else, graphic design has the capacity to go beyond the limits that restrict it to a mere expression of itself.
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