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.
How has your art changed from when you first started creating?
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.
What is the primary question art is addressing today? What questions do you address?
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.”
How would you define the role social media plays in art? Art making? Art promoting?
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.
Do you remember the first piece you created which you felt was a "work of art," and what was it?
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.
Other than the genre you work in, what other types of art do you most enjoy?
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.
Who are some of the artists working today that you look to for inspiration or admire?
We really like the work of Belgian painter, Luc Tuymans. We also very much admire French artist Claire Tabouret's paintings.
Are there one or two books that have had a dramatic impact on your thinking?
Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan and An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris by George Perec.
About Martinet + Texereau
French artists Pauline Martinet and Zoé Texereau may focus on the ordinary, but their process is anything but.
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.”
Pauline Martinet b.1987 in Clermont-Ferrand, FR Zoe Texereau b. 1986 in Pau, FR Both live and work in Paris, FR
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
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