Arnaud Mercier retrospective

17 November 2012

One of the big names in the French design industry passed away last year, a big loss especially considering Arnaud Mercier was one of the youngest and most successful interaction designers from the hexagon.

While the agency Area 17’s created a dedicated  design timeline with some of his latest works Parisian gallery Since have decided just put together a dedicated retrospective of the artist: “This is definitely not a website“.

Arnaud - This is definitely not a website
Arnaud – This is definitely not a website

Known for his meticulous interactive design systems, it is little known that Arnaud was a developer with a degree in computer science. His belief was that in order to design, one must intrinsically understand and master the medium before it can truly be explored, reinvented and used as a means of expression.

Having worked with some of the most important brands on the planet Mercier became one of the most prolific designers over the past few years and really inspired many people with some of his latest website creations  like the cultural mag “Slash” or Ora-ïto’s website. “This is not a website” will try to act as a retrospective but also as an exploration of all those ideas that guided him throughout his life, and you’ll be able to visit it until December 7th. More info this way.

Ora-Ito website
Ora-Ito website
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FKDL – Matchbook Cover @ Since

20 June 2012

Quick reminder for our Parisian readers who love street art inside white spaces… Franck Duval (aka FKDL) will present his latest exhibition @ Upian gallery this Friday along with a new mural that he’ll finish before the weekend on the wall just in front of the gallery entrance, a tradition most street artists that exhibit @ Upian have followed for the past three years.

FKDL - Matchbookcover
FKDL – Matchbookcover

 Matchbook Cover is one of his usual nostalgic trips this time making use of the long-gone matchbook art. A support used as an inspiration and main material and that many decades ago was one of the most colorful advertising formats for many companies. FKDL

Femininity is honored once again in this very personal interpretation of the perfect matchbox vintage collage taken out of his personal collection and using some of the lucky women he encountered during the presentation of his previous (and still on-going) exhibition @ Bon Marché: Toiles de couture.

FKDL - one of his 2012 Parisian summer works
FKDL – one of his 2012 Parisian summer works

This Friday is the vernissage @ Rue Saint-Maur so if you’ve digested (and have slept enough) after tomorrow’s Music day, then we highly recommend it, more info this way.

 (one of FKDL exhibitions @ New Heart City last year)

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Things Change @ Since – Paris

24 June 2011
Austrian Cultural Forum - A collaberation with Waylon Tait

New  month… new great exhibition @ our favorite Parisian gallery… “Since“! (it’s such a shame their exhibitions only last for a month!!). Anyway, for the next 4,5 weeks Mr Gabriel Specter will be invading that tiny but always explosive space at Rue St Maur.

Specter lives in Brooklyn but maybe because of the beautiful Parisian summer he’s decided to bring a few of his pieces for the first time to the French capital. In “Things Change” Gabriel brings the day-to-day life of another megalopolis… the one he breathes and sweats every day: New York.

Unwanted Collaborations- Sidebusts

His works are all about the people, the streets, its harsh living conditions, the storefronts and how neighborhoods evolve, change and mutate.  To the Parisian Gallery Gabriel will be bringing ten of his latest paintings and he’ll also finish off tomorrow (along with the free inauguration @ 19:00) the wall he’s been decorating for the past 3 days… just in front of the gallery entrance.

saw u in heaven

His technique is complex. It uses a mix of painting, collage, photocopy or recycled materials. His aesthetics are imbued with a meticulous work of anthropology. His paintings and sculptures are meant to represent “change”, celebrate the marginalized and act as a contribution to the urban environment. Specter’s work always takes into account where it is placed. The neighborhood, people, stories and  things such as the local architecture, ads or local businesses are his sources of inspiration.

Many places and cultures are juxtaposed in his paintings to represent the constantly chancing urban New York: a representation of what is left aside when the change arrives into our neighborhoods.

Gentrification Billboards

Tomorrow is the presentation so if you have nothing to do (and happen to be in Paris…) a free drink and a bunch of art critics will be prowling around Since Upian. And you should too! If not  you have until July 23rd.

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