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Studio Visit - Jacques Brun

Studio Visit - Jacques Brun

Studio Visit - Jacques Brun

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Studio Visit with Jacques Brun

Jacques Brun is a Paris-based photographer originally from Switzerland. His work, which focuses around natural subjects and everyday objects, captures light and structure in its most romantic form. Inspired by dreams and mythology, the artist is continually seeking to take the viewer on a journey of the mind. Explore his background philosophies below.

Q.

Tell us about yourself and how you came to be an artist.

A.

I think I always wanted to be on the other side of the shore to get new point of view, to observe and to feel the universe differently. Before photography, I studied law in Switzerland. During a period of revisions, I saw through the window at the back of the library this monumental tree that was enthroned in the park. Its dense foliage let dappled light ripple on the brown carpet of the room. The contrast between the infinite reading of the judgments of the federal court system and this opening to a world where I embraced my visual curiosity invited me to get up from my Formica chair to observe, feel and reveal all its beauties. After this experience, I quit law school and I’ve decided to put all intensity in becoming an artist.

 

Q.

What is your creative process?

A.

Look at it, live it, feel it, learn about it and spread it. The first stage is the impetus, the desire to do something from nothing and everything. After that comes the things I like or I prefer, and that I chose to create. I find them in my everyday life, my dreams, my memories, my imagination, and construct on my experience and the feelings of the world through my senses. Then comes the opportunity, the randomness and moments that come to me. I select them and I put more or less value on them. At this stage, I try to tell my story, my vision and my feeling about these things happening around me. I tell them with colors, forms and light. Those ways of expression are very important for me. They allow me to tell the vibration of a subject with a very emotional and personal approach.

Jacques Brun says

“I think light is the most important element in my visual language. Light is used in my work to speak about shapes, time and feelings. This allows me to sublimate things into a unique sculpture or transform anecdotic moments into timeless dreamy stories.”

Q.

What draws you to photography?

A.

Light. I think light is the most important element in my visual language. Light is used in my work to speak about shapes, time and feelings. This allows me to sublimate things into a unique sculpture or transform anecdotic moments into timeless dreamy stories. For me, light is at the center of my artistic approach. It's my clay. It also has the role of a personal melody which the notes can be played in several different ways. I think it has defined my style more than the choice of my subjects.

 

Q.

Describe your work in three words.

A.

Dreamy, natural and seeking.

 

Q.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

A.

From everything my senses can feel. From the familiar, the ordinary of everyday life, from confrontation and contrast. In the curve of the lake, in the nostalgia of the fruit, in the melody of the flower, in the dreams of an inner life, in the memories of my childhood...

 

Q.

When do you make your best work?

A.

When I work alone, I do my best work. When I follow my instincts and I don’t listen to anyone. When I follow what I feel and I don’t listen to my brain. When I work in a team, I think the best work is always done when the process of creation is beyond any ego. When we find the perfect balance of confrontation and sharing.

 

Q.

What is your relationship with social media?

A.

Hate and love. It’s not a very fair relationship, I depend too much on it in my work to leave it, and I’m very happy when I have the opportunity to create distance with it.

 

Q.

What makes you excited about the future?

A.

All original ideas, scientific discoveries, visual arts, poems, music, memories and dreams waiting to be created that can save our planet.

 

Q.

What influence does living in Paris have on your work?

A.

It’s where I met love, my greatest inspiration and influence.

 

Q.

What messages or emotions do you hope to convey to your audience?

A.

The nostalgia of a lost paradise. The quest for true nature. To make people see something dreamy with the familiar. I want to show the dream of a child seeking a shooting star.

 

Q.

Who are some contemporaries or figures in art history who have influenced you?

A.

I love the sea, sunsets, old myths, light and abstraction. J.M.W Turner combined all of that in his work. I feel close to his sensibility. In other ways, my Swiss origin allows me to discover Fishly and Weiss, Roman Signer and TONK. They bring out a minimalism, irony and sculptural approach in me. My greatest references are drawing from movies. “In the Mood for Love”, “Days of Heaven”,“L’Avventura” “Blade Runner” and “Dead Man” are greats movies I get deeply inspired by.

 

Q.

Are there any quotes or mantras that you particularly connect with?

A.

Breath in, breath out.

 

Q.

What do you listen to when creating?

A.

Niels Frahm, Orchestra Baobab, The KVB, Dorothy Ashby, Alton Ellis… My taste in references are like my taste in music. I could be really into Philippe Glass, and listen to a post punk band directly after.

 

Q.

What makes you laugh?

A.

Absurdity and irony

 

Q.

What makes you nervous?

A.

To be trapped in a loop. To find no hope. To lose my optimism.

 

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About Jacques Brun

Originally from Switzerland, Paris-based photographer Jacques Brun began a BA of photography at Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne in 2012. One year later, Brun exhibited with the Prix VFG Nachwuchsförderpreis in Winterthur, Basel, Stuttgart and Lausanne. In 2014 he won the Prix d’Encouragement of the city of Renens that allowed him to create a personal exhibition in 2015. He graduated from ECAL in 2015 and worked 2 years as an assistant in the prestigious school. In September of 2015, he was shortlisted for the second time at Unseen Photo Book Award in Amsterdam. In 2016, he exhibited his second solo show in Zurich. In 2018, his work entered in the permanent collection of the Credit Suisse. In 2019, his work “Sunset Garden” was chosen to be shown at the Benaki Museum for the Athens Photo Festival. He currently resides in Paris working on his art and other commercial projects.


In his work he explores our visual connection with everyday life, memories, and dreams - creating exceptional journeys that mirror how we interact with ordinary or mystical environments.Through photography, he creates non-narrative storylines - collections that combine different arrangements of objects to express a metaphorical quest. His work lies on the border between two worlds: nostalgic reality - inspired by the personal and familiar versus the imaginary, dream-world constructed by common myths.Light is used in his work to speak about shapes, time and feelings. This allows him to sublimate things into a unique sculpture or transform anecdotic moments into timeless stories. He wants to express a feeling out of the frame and point the unknown.

STATEMENT 

"I want to see something dreamy with the familiar, the everyday life and nature.

I want to express the dream of a child hunting a shooting star."- Jacques Brun 

 

EDUCATION 

2012-2015, BA Photography, at ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne)

 

EXHIBITIONS 

2018 June, Exhibition of the Project Sunset Garden in Benaki Museum, Athens Photo Festival

Jacques Brun