Zoer and Velvet's "Perpetuum Mobile” @ Openspace, Paris

March 14, 2014

Last week, Zoer and Velvet opened their collaborative exhibition “Perpetuum Mobile” at Openspace Gallery in Paris. These two have been working together on the streets and in the studio, creating beautifully detailed abstract paintings. We compiled some pictures found around the web and it looks like an exceptional exhibition. 

Photos via Zoer and Openspace

Openspace Gallery
56, rue Alexandre Dumas, Paris 11e
Du mardi au samedi, de 14h à 19h
M° Alexandre Dumas (L2) ou Rue des Boulets (L9)

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Openspace Gallery is delighted to be exhibiting the works of Velvet and Zoer. As collaborators and friends of long standing, these two artists first met while training to be designers. In love with the object and graffiti, they founded the CSX crew. Creative complicity overtook rivalry, and each saw the other as presenting an opportunity to evolve. Sometimes working with two hands, sometimes four, their dialogue helped them to develop an inimitable style within themselves. At their exhibitions, Zone Autonome and Perpetuum Mobile, they compare and contrast their respective viewpoints and manners of working, in a kind of tribute to a collaboration which is only just beginning to take shape.

The quest for meaning is at the heart of the work of Zoer . This keen observer intervenes , performer , captures the real to better penetrate . His personal vision punctuates his drawings an early age . At 5 years , he spent time in the breaks , draws scenes of traffic jams. Thus he unconsciously begins to forge his formal vocabulary . As a teenager , he became familiar with the art of the comic strip . By editing fanzines , he developed the art of narration. At the dawn of 2000 , he began a frequenter bomb and wasteland while deploying a sensitivity to color. It was soon noticed for his wealth and his creative incorporation of the illustration art of the letter. Through this practice, he discovered places put in brackets , awaiting purpose. It also crosses those marginalized are excluded, . Perpetuum mobile as a scenario repeating to infinity , we can understand his reflections about the companies and their footprint destinies in transition. In the manner of Henri Michaux, he says with an almost obsessive detail the desuetude , rejection, to make them visible , understandable . As an architect , it comes with poetry , building canvas to unveil and offer a look at the political accents on the company, its leashes account , abandoned places and hope to become . Through a visual language cultivating the paradox – the violence of the subject with the delicacy of reasoning processes , the precision justifies the disorder , the realism frieze utopia – it gives to the scene of such a contemporary dimension to apprehend habitat exclusion or inhabited exclusion.

Velvet is part of the tradition of painting the slowness of gesture and the primacy of the image. From graffiti, this young artist meets the painting in the year 2000. Early on, he chose to not confine itself to a single medium, only one medium. Alternating the flamboyant wildstyles on wall and elaborate watercolours on paper, it is quickly needed among its peers. It has distinguished itself thanks to the care taken in the construction of the letter and its versatility.

It offers through its exhibition area autonomous redial a world divided between industrialization and know-how. To do this, it diverts, borrows and assembles almost obsolete objects. Painting with classicism, he does not forget his contemporaries. Influenced by Gerhard Richter and Arman, Velvet is engaged to still life and landscape to portray a world manufactured confronting several times: a fantasized past and a present almost disappointing. Its very narrative painting shows the first words of the story inviting the Viewer to determine the outcome. Onirism and disenchantment, rhythm and steadiness, reality and fantasy are concepts which underlie his work. Velvet combines his most intimate memories with a careful observation of the surroundings to build a world in conflict, questioning the man, the form and the object.

Camille Leflon