WE HAD A TALK WITH A SPECIAL ARTIST AND ARCHITECT BASED IN PARIS. DISCOVER OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!
What job did you want to do as a child?
I would have like to be a football player, musician in a rock band or pastry chef. But very early I started to build some fun installation using paper and cardboard.
When did you decide to dedicate yourself to art?
When I started studying architecture, I was impressed by the school library full of architecture and art books. Instead of reading books on Le Corbusier, I was reading books on Donald Judd, Richard Long, Richard Serra… Lot of architecture books start with art references, and texts, those interested me a lot. I like to understand the process.
What type of relationship do you want to create between your creations and the real world.
I like labyrinths, because when you are lost, you start looking at details. Lost in the forest, we will start to notice things, to find our way out. When I create an immersive installation, I like to imagine every views people will see, I explore my installation first in a 3d model, to adjust it. So when it comes to visit the real installation, it’s an amazing experience, but there are always some new surprise. The creation exist already in the images, before it is built. There will always be time to built it. See what Christo and Jeanne Claude did with the Mastaba conceived in 1977, amazing process! In the real world, the experience is shared with a larger audience, but for our example of the Mastaba, it already exists since 1977.
Where do you usually get inspiration from?
I spend lot of time reading Art magazines and webzines. I like to study in older books what was done in the past, long time ago. I remember studying for a long time when I was student the House of Reversible Destiny by Arakawa and Madeline Gins.
What makes you happy?
I like to watch my plants in my garden growing. An amazing garden will always be an amazing immersive installation! I love spending time with family and friends, specially summer time, with cool discussion under the stars. The opening of a new installation is a great moment too that makes me happy, love to watch how the public is reacting with the installation.
Do you work alone or with someone?
I work alone, but I have a network around me of other artist, engineer, manufacturer, gallerist, photographs, writers. I like to ask questions, and it feels good to share ideas with others.
Are your works for sale? What was your first customer?
Some of my prints and sculptures are for sale. When I did my first solo exhibition last April in Paris at the Gallery MR80, I presented some of them.I can’t remember who was my first customer, as I received proposals and inquiries at the same time. I am still in contact with most of the customers, as it is like we opened a dialog box who will never end.
What do you want to tell us about the next project?
My next project is two new installations based on Pyramids for the Made in America Festival founded by JayZ in Philadelphia. Can’t wait to see them, and then there will be another installation based on Arches commisioned by Ligne Roset Westend for London Design Festival. Working already on some new installations for 2019, production will start this winter, thinking about all the details right now. I feel like a kid waiting for his toys.
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