Posts Tagged ‘francesco’

The inspectors

Monday, August 9th, 2010

While setting up to shoot some portraits yesterday, the inspectors passed through doing an état des lieux.

As they were standing in my line of fire, we took a couple of photos together. This is number two. After seeing number one, I said let’s do another, parce que j’ai des grosses fesses. Hence, the posture of Aliocha…

I adore these guys. They are good friends, talented artists, inspiring human beings and they make me laugh!

Moi, Aliocha, Thierry Hodebar, Francesco, Slimane Hamadache

My two walls

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Back from the sea with burnt forehead.

I moved my studio today.

By the grace of coincidence I’m taking over a small space just next to my old one at 59 Rivoli, that has been prematurely liberated. I will have a corner! I’ve been working in a rather small space, though I am quite used to working in closets. This one was basically a hallway.

Left-to-right, it was . . .

Back-left corner is where I'll now be working. The wall of photos is in the space where I've been the last several months

The full width of my space/hallway/studio, between the the walls. You can see the orange backside of a painting by Bruno Dumont that hangs in front of the entrance to the 4th floor. In the corner there is also the old bathroom door, provocatively painted by Hao, recuperated from the squat days.

The wall between my and Aliocha's studio. The b&w collage is staying, and growing. The other photos and black background are gone. Francesco's studio is in the distance, with his Don Quixote de la Mancha on the far wall.

One Woman One Day Show

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Demain soir je fête mes six mois de résidence au 59 rue de Rivoli,
j’exposerai le travail résultant de ce temps,
les images attendus mais plutôt inattendus,
autour d’un apéro, partagé avec des amis
nouveaux, de longtemps et pas encore connus.

A Paris? Vous êtes bienvenus.

Barbès – Pas Grave

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

The Vagabond Gallery is back!

For five days only, and with more events possibly to follow.

Tonight it opened with the usual suspects from 59 rue de Rivoli, plus a good crowd of friends and colleagues. The nomadic event is held in temporarily unused spaces in Paris and transformed for short-periods into a gallery. Terry Milgrom and Vincent Ange are the primary organizers, but it takes a village of artists to make it happen.

This one will be around until Sunday, with the finissage being Saturday night.

98 rue Doudeauville, 75018, Metro Château Rouge

Bruno Dumont sits underneath one of his paintings, with Suisse Marocain and Michel Vray, in the store-front section of the current Vagabond Gallery at 98 rue Doudeauville, Paris

The store-front Vagabond Gallery space at 98 rue Doudeauville contains works from Bruno Dumont, Etsuko Kobyashi, Suisse Marocain, Francesco10 and Sebastien Lecca

Artist Etsuko Kobyashi in front of Barbès-Pas Grave

Artist Emmanuel Flipo in front of the piece he made for the Vagabond Gallery

Michel Vray, neon-lit

La grande espace

Art installation, live music, beautiful solid stone walls...

love these lights, must get some...

L'Amour in front of Suisse's painting, C'est Pas Grave

Vincent Ange, a procurer of space and creator of the Vagabond Gallery

Le Suisse Marocain

Collaborative Door Painting

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

I was looking at those brown doors last night, remembering their old red, yellow and purple and thought, when are we going to paint them?

A little while later, while contemplating my collage in the 4th floor hallway, Gaki walked by holding a tall paintbrush with a bright dab of yellow at the end. There was a matching dab on his cheek.

What are you up to? I asked.

He said, with his characteristic smile, on peins la porte, viens.
(We’re painting the door, come.)

You don’t have to tell me twice.

Details of the collaboration's rainbow of fruity flavors

Slimane paints a base coat in blue

Saverio Montella paints with two brushes simultaneously

Suisse Marocain and Barry, who accompanied the painters with song and dance

Suisse and Gaki at the door-painting party

Francesco adds his signautre style

Suisse Marocain closes the doors of 59 rue de Rivoli for the night. To be finished tomorrow...

“Also Women Can Paint” : Suisse Marocain

La vie après le squart: 59 Rivoli re-opens

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

The phrase that stuck out in my mind today: “Il faut partager, pas conserver.” (It’s necessary to share, not preserve.) The words came out of Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë’s mouth as he talked to journalists while visiting 59 Rivoli. The building at this address in the center of Paris existed as an artist’s squat for 6 years (after having stood empty for 10) and tomorrow at 18h00, after nearly 3 years of renovations, the public is invited to come inside and visit the studios of the 32 artists that started working there this week.

Today was reserved for the Mayor, who made good on his promise to renovate and rendre (give back) the building as a space to create and share their work.

I started photographing this building, and the beautiful faces inside of it, when they moved in 2006. Some of those photos can be seen here.

But here is a look at today.

Suisse Marocain on the lookout for Delanoë's arrival.

Suisse Marocain on the lookout for Delanoë's arrival.

Kit Brown and his Leica. Wearing an example of the t-shirt he offered Delanoe.

Kit Brown and his Leica. Wearing an example of the T-shirt he offered Delanoë.

Etusko Kobyashi, wearing one of her mask creations.

Etsuko Kobyashi, wearing one of her mask creations.

Mariko and Aki.  Sandy M and Anita Savary.

Mariko Saito and Gaki. Sandy Murden and Anita Savary.

The stylish Lucie Belarbi anticipating Delanoë's entrance.

The stylish Lucie Belarbi anticipating Delanoë's entrance.

Gaspard Delanoë (president of the artist's association at 59) and Bertrand Delanoë, surrounded by media.

Gaspard Delanoë (squat co-founder and president of the artist's association at 59) and Bertrand Delanoë, surrounded by media

Leora Wien, a Los Angeles native, shares a moment with Monsieur le Maire.  A painting of President Barack Obama, by Thierry Hodgebar, peeks behind them

Leora Wien, a Los Angeles native with a message, shares a moment with Monsieur le Maire. A painting of President Barack Obama, by Thierry Hodgebar, peeks behind them

The Mayor in Eve Clair's studio on the 6th floor.

The Mayor in Eve Clair's studio on the 6th floor.

Mariko Saito, charming Delanoe in a one-of-a-kind dress.

Mariko Saito, charming Delanoë in a one-of-a-kind dress.

Francesco and Aliocha, who showed up like a rock star after Delanoë made his exit.

Francesco and Aliocha, who showed up like a rock star after Delanoë made his exit.

Suisse Marocain : http://www.59rivoli.org/suissemarocain.html
Kit Brown : http://abookaboutdeath.blogspot.com/2009/08/kit-brown-181.html
Etsuko Kobyashi : http://www.59rivoli.org/etsuko.html
Sandy Murden : http://www.59rivoli.org/sandy.html
Anita Savary : http://anitasavary.free.fr/
Lucie Belarbi : http://www.59rivoli.org/luciebelarbi.html
Gaspard Delanoë : http://gasparddelanoe2008.wordpress.com/
Leora Wien : http://www.leorawien.blogspot.com/
Thierry Hodebar : http://www.59rivoli.org/thierryhodebar.html
Eve Clair : http://eve.clair.free.fr/
Mariko Saito : http://www.59rivoli.org/mariko.html
Francesco : http://www.59rivoli.org/francesco.html
Aliocha : http://www.59rivoli.org/aliocha.html

Suisse Vagabond

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Continuing on the artist theme, meet Suisse Marocain. Saturday night was the finissage of the Vagabond Gallery, an exhibition he created with Kit Brown and Franceso. Three talented artists I know thanks to the 59 Rivoli squat, they transformed an empty space in St Germain into their gallery, taking advantage of a month-long gap in renters.

On the upper floor Suisse created his famous and nomadic Musée Igor Balut, or rather the anti-musée. Portable and joyously chaotic, full of confetti, bizarre juxtapositions, paintings, found objects, and at least one mattress, it’s chez Suisse.

suisse vagabond 1

suisse vagabond 2