So it’s been a while since I wrote something!
Lots of stuff changed since my last post, I’ve been really busy, but here’s the work-related news:
I spent the last year working on X-Men : Days Of Future Past as a set designer, and although it took all my free time for a year, it was a real blast.
It was hard to go to the studio at that time, but the project allowed me and the rest of the team to be really creative in many ways. We had the opportunity to design in all direction: sci-fi, 70ies, an ancient monastery, etc…. (That’s why in the movie industry, we all love time travel)
Had the chance to redesign some iconic pieces of the X-men world, like the Cerebro Console.
I’ll check if I can get some pictures cleared to post them here, otherwise, it’s mostly all over the internet at that time. It’s been out for…. like 6 weeks I think? And we are really happy here that the film is a success and a good movie (those two don’t necessarily go together).
I’m currently finishing work on another movie, The Walk by Robert Zemeckis
(staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Lebon and Sir Ben Kingsley) It tells the story of frenchman Philippe Petit that illegaly crossed on a wire the World Trade Center Twin Tower in 1974.
Too much work these days,
I’m really impatient now to go back to the studio to work on my own stuff,
but bills have to be paid (and I must say I’m lucky to work in that industry as a designer since its always fun)
JULY 15 1995 – SREBRENICA
ink (linocut stamps) on paper
15 sheets 20″x26″
complete artwork 108″x80″
Here is the first artwork of the new serie I’m working on, called Frontiers of Myths (Les frontière des Mythes in french).
it’s serie of the wars in Yougoslavia in the ’90. I was only ten years old at the time, and it was the first time I realized that not everybody was having a confortable childhood like me. The fact that genocides, systematic rapes or other methods of destroying a population were still happening in the nineties, and so close (in the middle of Europe!) was shocking for me.
It took me several years to go back to the subject, but I still feel strongly about those events, so I decided to do a serie about that subject. Here you can find the first artwork I’m releasing, the rest is coming in the next days!
Stamped 2361 times… one for each identified body of the Srebrenica massacre.
On July 7 1995, The Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) under the command of General Ratko Mladić invaded the city of Srebrenica, located in a UN protected zone. During the whole week, the soldiers will capture and kill the population trying to escape the city.
We estimate between 6000 to 7000 victims, most of them males of any ages.
2361 victims have been identified to this day.
So I’m now back to my human being state,
There was a big art contest in Montreal from the art gallery Arsenal, which is for those who don’t know, a very big gallery in Montreal. (and as a former architect, I can’t help to notice that their space is AMAZING)
The contest is called “Les Ateliers” and give the chance to young artist to have two months workshop with big names in the art world, so I’m pretty excited. The deadline was yesterday though, but you can always check it here if you are interrested in the matter.
The other good news is that it gave me a very big boost to produce the ideas that I had in my head, so I know have a new serie coming up! If you did check my instagram account you saw some preview already. I should post it in the next days. Give me the time to arrange the gallery properly first. Like I said, my speed of production this month wasn’t human, it reminded me of my years as an architecture student.
In case you missed the preview, here they are:
Looking forward to hear back from them! hopefully…
I now have a limited edition screenprint available for sale!
Visit my new bigcartel shop for the details
five colors screenprint
24″x36″on Cougar 320gsm paper
from a very sketchy pencil drawing
limited edition of 25, 20 left right now.
all the prints are signed and numbered, authentified with a personalized stamp on the back.
lots of movement these days, will keep you posted but I might be too busy for a post,so I suggest checking my instagram account, that’s faster.
In case you didn’t notice, it’s in the links in the sidebar. but you can always click here!
If you are around Montreal next week, I’ll be at the event “East to West” of the screenprinting studio “La Bourgeoise Sérigraphe”.
(click the picture for the link to the facebook event, with the address and more info)
I will be selling a limited edition screenprint that I’m not gonna show before the event, but all the remaining copies will be available on this site after.
A selected group of artists from all around North America will be presenting and selling some of their homemade screenprints!
If you don’t own a screenprint yet, then it’s the perfect time!
I’ll be showing one of my projects alongside the some of Canadian’s big names:
Sophie Casson, Marie-Eve Gauthier, Véronique Meignaud, Vilx Mu, Johnnycrap, Beans & Bacon, just to name a few.
There will be also “gigposters” screenprints made from american “Flatstocks” by Gary Houston, Billy Perkins, Nate Duval, Gregg Gordon, Bobby Dixon, Jared Connor, Farley Bookout and more!
Even bigger names!
It’s going to be awesome. SERIOUSLY.
Andy McDougall, the master screenprinter behind squeegeeville, will be present at the event and will also be giving an advanced class following the exhibition. Actually…the class is full already…but the exhibition isn’t!!!
Just stamping some screenprints these days for an upcoming show. I will keep you posted on that.
I decided to make stamps to authentificate all the screenprints coming out from me, so here it is:
Those amazing stamps were made with the help of Central Stamp in Montreal,
click here for their website.
Today, I happened to be screenprinting on the same screen as the very talented illustrator Sophie Casson, which is also a family friend. I didn’t know she was going to the same screenprinting studio. She’ll even be in the same exhibition in two weeks…
Small world mm?
The studio is “La Bourgeoise Sérigraphe”, it’s where I learned to do screenprinting and where I keep going to do stuff. You can have more info here.
Since I started this venture, I kept myself locked in small formats.
For what? Scared of loosing too much material. time. money. whatever. In the end, it just pissed me off. Badly. What’s the use?!?! In my head, it’s all about large canvases. All the time, It’s getting bigger and bigger in my head. Painting, sculptures, well hell yeah, but not if it can go through the door! (We will deal with the problems related to that statement later!) It’s like a Jenny Saville painting, it’s a blast in the face, you get in the room and baaaammmm, you’re destroyed by the weight of what’s in front of you. Could be this. Could be that. either way you are crushed.
I mean, yeah, small format has its use, but in the end, I look at it and I feel like him doing shit. So I stopped whining, put on the largest piece of paper on the wall, and threw myself at it with a piece of charcoal like there was no tomorrow. “Now canvas… it’s between you and me. And I ain’t coming down without a fight.” That’s what I wish I had said. something like that, or even better: “If we’re about to die anyway, I’d rather die fighting!” (awwww Neverending story…)
I was Atreyu for a second. Here’s what came out.
I’m happy. It’s not much about the end result actually. it was the fight. Intense, and actually quite short. After two hours I had nothing left in me. I left the studio, had a good sleep, and then came back several days later to finish the last details. I hope this piece transmit the intensity I had when I was drawing.
I like it for now, I’ll pursue in that vein. I want to go on with the same energy, so I started a new one already. hopefully, I will not trash it before the end, but lets not give a damn for the moment shall we. I’ll just concentrate on doing what I want.