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Studio Visit - Martinet + Texereau

Studio Visit - Martinet + Texereau

Studio Visit - Martinet + Texereau

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Studio Visit with Pauline Martinet and Zoé Texereau

Welcome to the studio of Pauline Martinet and Zoé Texereau otherwise known as Martinet + Texereau. The french duo’s collaborative graphite on paper drawings create playful dialogue with the familiar, exploring the simple beauty in ordinary spaces.

Q.

How has your art changed from when you first started creating?

A.

There is not much that has changed in terms of process, as we work the same way as the first day we started drawing together. What has evolved are the types of projects we take on. Now that more and more people are collecting our work and have the desire to live with it, there is more reward in each project. We learn from every encounter and experience. From a personal point of view, we feel we are more assertive in our approach, and will continue to express this over time.

 

 

Q.

What is the primary question art is addressing today? What questions do you address?

A.

For us art is always about beauty. Or more precisely about wonder and surprise. And when beauty is not the purpose. So must hope that art questions political subjects. Both options can easily work together.

 

  

Martinet + Texereau say

“For us art is always about beauty. Or more precisely about wonder and surprise.”

Q.

How would you define the role social media plays in art? Art making? Art promoting?

A.

Social networks are a good communication tool, and for an artist it is difficult to connect without it today. It makes it much easier! We mainly use Instagram. Our posts are quite spontaneous. We try not to overthink the impact of each image. Instead we try to approach it as a good way to show our work and have fun.

  

Q.

Do you remember the first piece you created which you felt was a "work of art," and what was it?

A.

We remember the first drawing we did together very well, but at that time we did not imagine there would be more. We did not think we would be artists. Today we see our art as just the product of the two of us. We simply draw the things we think we should take more time to look at. How do you move past a creative block when you run out of ideas? That is the advantage of working together as a team. We are never at the same pace, so there is always one to lead the other towards new ideas.

 

  

Q.

Other than the genre you work in, what other types of art do you most enjoy?

A.

We have been practicing photography for a long time. For now it's a practice we keep to ourselves. It helps us a lot in our creative process. We also started doing painting research. It's great for us to get away from drawing from time to time. And to move towards more spontaneous techniques.

 

Q.

Who are some of the artists working today that you look to for inspiration or admire?

A.

We really like the work of Belgian painter, Luc Tuymans. We also very much admire French artist Claire Tabouret's paintings.

Q.

Are there one or two books that have had a dramatic impact on your thinking?

A.

Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan and An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris by George Perec.

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About Martinet + Texereau

Martinet & Texereau are the artistic duo of Pauline Martinet and Zoé Texereau, based in Paris, France. Meeting at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the pair immediately recognized their love of for working together. After graduating in 2010, Martinet & Texereau continued working collaboratively and began exhibiting their work throughout France. Their drawings incorporate familiar objects and settings that leave little room for spontaneity. The two do not try to confront or create a dialog between their separate styles, rather they strive to create a unique common aesthetic. Relying on a lexicon of rules, methods and lists, their work shines light on the simple beauty found in the everyday.

“We are not trying to confront nor create a dialog between our separate ways: we want to create a new common one. The discussion is not on paper but beforehand, in the research phase. The drawing is the conclusion. The drawing is no longer spontaneous. There is more chance of freedom during its development. We stand by our established set of rules and this rigorous protocol implies research, sketching and discussion, granting equality in the sense of authorship of the drawing. Beyond the fact of sharing ideas and desires, working in pair is for us a way to get the act of drawing out of its usual solitary imperative, a manner of doing that desecrates the link between the drawing and its craftsman. We like rules, methods, lists. Together our drawings create a non-exhaustive directory of objects, places and architectures that leave us, in their unfulfilled states, the freedom to expand them as we draw. Seriality and repetition are important aspects of our work.”

EDUCATION

Pauline Martinet b.1987 in Clermont-Ferrand, FR
Zoe Texereau b. 1986 in Pau, FR
Both live and work in Paris, FR

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020, Coup de soleil, Galerie Provost-Hacker, Lille

2019, A Dess(e)in, Ècole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles

2019, Tout doit disparaître, Galerie Provost_Hacker, Lille

2018, Crac 2018, Champigny-sur-Marne

2017, Parcours d’artiste, Pontault-Combault

2017, Partie de Campagne, Galerie Maria Lund, Chassagne-Montrachet

2016, Fragments, Aldebaran, Castries

2016, Matin Midi Soir, Honoré Visconti, Paris

2016, Dressed up normal, The Tappan Collective, Los Angeles

2016, Traits d’un abri, Galerie Maria Lund, Paris

2016, La narration du quotidien, Forum d’architectures, Lausanne

2015, Disparitions, Honoré Visconti, Paris

2014, La petite collection, White Project Galerie, Paris

2014, Entrelacs, Galerie Trois Points, Montréal

2014, Minimenta, Galerie Bertrand Baraudou, Paris

2014, 10 ans, Espace à Vendre, Nice

2014, Sélection, Galerie Bertrand Baraudou, Paris

2013, Drawings by Numbers, Galerie Espace À VENDRE, Nice

2013, Eclectique, Nuit blanche : Hors parcours, Mairie du 11e, Paris

2013, Les oeuvres qui prennent toute la place, Galerie Bertrand Baraudou, Paris

2012, Sois toi même, Be yourself, Galerie Espace À VENDRE, Nice Glissement, Galerie Le Cabinet, Paris

2012, À dessein...les tendances du dessin contemporain, Espace Baudouin, Antony

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020, Fugue, La Villa Rose, Paris

2019, Le beau court la rue, Galerie M, Toulouse

2019, Urba-Graphies, Galerie Netplus, Rennes

2018, Décors, Galerie NMarino, Paris

2018, Los Angeles-Lecture Parallèle, Centre d’art de Montrelais

2017, Bonjour Paresse, Musée de Avelines, Saint-Cloud

2015, L’Éloge de l’ordinaire, Garlerie NMarino, Paris

2014, Midnattssol, BabelKunst, Trondheim, Norvège

2014, Héliotropisme, Galerie Bertrand Baraudou, Paris

2012, Tropiques, Le Garage, Paris

2011, Le fond des choses, Galerie NMarino, Paris

 

RESIDENCIES

2019, Varda residency, Sausalito

2017, Tappan Collective, Los Angeles

2016, Centre d’Art Aldébaran, Castries

2014, Centre d’Art LKV, Trondheim, Norvège

 

PUBLICATIONS

Common Language 2020

Pli n°5, novembre 2019

A Dess(e)in, octobre 2019

Noto, N°12, novembre 2018

Minus 37, octobre 2018

WERTN, juin 2018

L’éloge de l’ordinaire, catalogue monographique, novembre 2015

Gruppen Sole medere pede ede perede melos, Février 2015

Standard Magazine N°41, Juillet 2014

Arts Hebdo Medias, Mars 2014

Étapes, n° 214, Juille/Août 2013

The Drawer, volume 4 Funny Games, Mars 2013

À Vivre, Mai/Juin 2011

 

GRANTS

2020, Prix de dessin Pierre David-Weill

2015, Prix de la Fondation Charles Oulmont

 

ART FAIRs

2020, Galeristes, Carreau du temple, Paris

2019, Galeristes, Carreau du temple, Paris

2015, Art Basel, W Hotel Beach, The Tappan Collective, Miami

2014, Drawing Now Salon du dessin contemporain, Paris

2013, Drawing Now Salon du dessin contemporain, Paris

2011, Drawing Room, Montpellier, Galerie Aldébaran, Castries

 

ARTIST'S BOOK

2014 Collection N°1, Les piscines d’hôtels

2010 Dimanches