France-based street artist Mantra has been unveiling a series of trompe l’oeil murals that convert the facades of commercial and residential buildings into larger-than-life butterfly display cases in Spain, Austria, France, and Bogota. Seen here are a few pieces from the last year, but you can explore a bit more on Facebook
During Paris’s premier contemporary art fair, (the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain), known as FIAC the luxury brand Cartier chose the shallow reflecting pool outside the Palais de Tokyo, Paris’s most avant-garde art center, to show an installation billed as “OSNI 1- Le Nuage Parfumé,” or “Unidentified Scented Object 1 – Scented Cloud.”
"Visitors were invited to enter the cube and climb up the staircase. Traversing the thick cloud on the landing, they could experience—against a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower—the perceptibly warmer air above the cloud and the enveloping scent of L’Envol, a masculine fragrance created by Cartier’s in-house perfumer, Mathilde Laurent."
"France-based photographer Stefan Draschan always keeps himself entertained at art galleries by creating his own art projects. One of those projects is “People matching artworks”. Although at first Draschan’s images seem perfectly staged, the secret behind them is actually patience. The photographer enjoys visiting different museums mostly in Paris, Vienna and Berlin where he waits for visitors to suddenly match with a piece of art in a funny way. "
It took 3 years for artist Yannick Jacquet to create Élytre, a forty metres long generative work on display at the foot of the the Alexandre III bridge in Paris. The piece was commissioned as a permanent design feature for Le Flow, a floating building moored along the new pedestrian area on the banks of the Seine.
Yannick Jacquet drew inspiration from the dark mass of the barge between the sky and the river to fine-tune his response to the immediate surroundings, calling on the instability and permanence of the flowing water, the infinitely nuanced shifts of light, and the interplay of transparencies between its large plate-glass windows and the glass dome of the Grand Palais just across the water. Drawing on the barge’s organic, cocoon-like architecture, he came up with a highly sensitive, reactive work in the form of an installation that reverses the overall structural inertia of the barge’s four hundred tons of steel, as if echoing Reyner Banham’s principle of regenerative architecture. The installation is linked up to a battery of sensors so that it varies according to the time of year, season, atmospheric pressure, wind speed, temperature, and so on. It is in a constant state of flux, permanently subject to imperceptible shifts.
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"French design and photography agency Ill-Studio and fashion brand Pigalle have redesigned and repainted the Paris Duperré basketball court, with support from Nike. The court is squeezed between buildings in a Parisian suburb on Rue Duperré, and became internationally renowned in its previous guise, painted in graphical blocks of primary colours."
From sensory overload to sensory deprivation, "Huit phases de l’illumination" (Palais de Tokyo, Pairs, 2015) is a collaborative mixed-reality audio-visual experiment created by artist Aramique. Eight physical installations function as a conduit into eight infinite virtual realities. Using abstractions of time, space, sound, colour, form, depth and speed to manipulate the audience's sense of self and connection to the to the present moment we create a forced enlightenment that disconnects the audience from their physical bodies and lets them be one with the virtual universe.
Bordeaux-based artist Juliette Clovis is back soon after her latest "Porcelain Eggs" series with new 4 Women Busts «Mechanitis Polymnia», «Millipora», «Black Baccara» and «Sternocera». This last piece was made by the artist during a residency program at The Insect Museum of Nedde (France). More than 500 jewel beetles’ wings were necessary to make this stunning piece where the incredible colours of these wings strongly contrast with the pureness of the porcelain biscuit.
P.s. Note that jewel beetles wings are a product of leftovers from Asian restaurants, they sold it on special fairs to artists like Jan Fabre etc.
Michael Thorsby is an Art Director and Graphic Designer based in Paris. His work is primarily focused on art direction for fashion businesses and the art world but also for clients in architecture and other aesthetically oriented industries.
Since leaving his native Sweden, more than a decade and a half ago, he has lived and worked in Tokyo, Copenhagen and London before settling in Paris.
The seven years he spent in Tokyo had a profound effect on his work, diversifying his visual expressions and uprooting him from his Scandinavian origins.
French artist David Mesguich has been pushing the boundaries between street art and fine art by creating monumental geometric sculptures that he puts within urban settings. For his most recent project, the artist created a ten meters high sculpture called ‘Lucie’ representing a little girl drawing a sun in the sky that has been installed in Poznan, Poland.
As Pierre Kiandjan is selecting color mixes, he aims to create illusion of motion, space, and temperature. The challenge consists in gathering simple shapes within complicated blendings. His pieces reveal a clear use of color shades and broken lines. His main influences include futuristic pieces of architecture invented by Mœbius, radiances of light diffracted by Barbara Kasten's mirrors, living compositions sculpted by Jean Arp, and rhythmic gracefulness drawn by Victor Vasarely.
His Parisian studio answers to design needs from clients belonging to a wide spectrum of sectors: Universal Music, Warner Music, Marie Claire magazine, Le Journal de la Maison magazine, Alex Gopher, Morgane Groupe, Album Surf manufacturing company...
"French artist Juliette Clovis works primarily with female busts, mutating the forms to adopt animal or floral-based characteristics. Using both the 2D application of paint, and 3D addition of ceramics, she covers the females that she sculpts in horns, quills, and blooms. In some works the natural elements look as if they merge with the bust, while others appear overtaken, such as in the piece Memento mori (2016). In this piece Clovis’ white figure is almost entirely covered in flowers, with minimal elements of her face barely peaking out from its blanket of ceramic blossoms."
Clovis will have a solo exhibition of her work at Gallery Mondapart in Paris titled “Baroque Curiosities” opening March 23 and running through May 4, 2017.
Known for her monumental art installations, Shiota has suspended 150 sculptural boats from the store’s central glass roof, using nearly 300,000 yards of yarn. A part of the ‘Where are we going?’ exhibition, it also includes the work ‘Memory of the Ocean’, a multi-sensory mesh wave evoking the impression of walking under the big water. Asking rhetorically: ‘Where are we going?’, the artist refers to the mysterious destinations that shape our lives. She says: “The creation of this indecipherable mesh and its plasticity are a mystery, just like our brain, the universe, and of course, life. I have no answers, only questions. These questions are the foundations of my work.” The exhibition will be displayed at Le Bon Marché until February 18, 2017.
All images © Gabriel de la Chapelle
Founded in 2010 by creative directors Rémy Clémente and Morgan Maccari, Bonsoir Paris is a creative studio working at the intersection of art, science, design and technology. Their approach stands out due to experimentation and cutting-edge innovation, working across spatial and object design, photography and filmmaking.
French artist Soasig Chamaillard started to collect damaged statues of the Virgin Mary and restore them in a perfect own way adding superficial abilities one can only pray for. Our favourite is Notre Dame du Poulpe or simply Lady Octopus