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Studio Visit - Tappan Artist Exchange | Martinet + Texereau

Studio Visit

Tappan Artist Exchange | Martinet + Texereau:

 

Paris based Martinet + Texereau launched wholeheartedly into their Tappan Artist Exchange experience, voraciously devouring the plethora of inspiration they found themselves immersed in.

 

Having previously visited LA ten years prior, the artists already recognized the impact that the city could have upon their work. From the architecture to the food, the culture melange of style and tradition would prove to be a bountiful playground for the girls.

 

“The light is very magical here. Very different from the light of Paris,” noted Martinet + Texereau. “Paris is blue, white and grey, while Los Angeles is pink and golden. Even though our drawings are in black and white, it impacts our work because our first phase is taking pictures,” they said, speaking to their rigorous joint practice where photography plays a pivotal role.

 

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“The light is very magical here. Very different from the light of Paris. Paris is blue, white and grey, while Los Angeles is pink and golden. Even though our drawings are in black and white, it impacts our work because our first phase is taking pictures.”

 

Initially the pair began by exploring their surroundings, wandering through local neighborhoods and taking pictures of everyday domesticity. It is within these ordinary scenes that the artists were able to capture moments of uninhibited beauty. “Every single house can be amazing if you see it at a good time. Sometimes you can walk by a front door, a yard or a street a million times every day. And at one moment you don't know really why it appears so beautiful to you,” said the duo.

 

 

After reviewing these photographs, the artists returned to the studio to begin their methodical process of collaborative sketching and drawing. “Working in a pair is a way for us 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 gives us, in its unfulfilled state, the freedom to expand it as we draw. Seriality and repetition are important aspects of our work.”

 

 

Leaving spontaneity aside, Martinet + Texereau’s approach is truly unique. Their innate dialogue is quickly apparent, as they seamlessly share the drawing on each artwork. Watching the page shift between their hands, it becomes difficult to decipher who is responsible for each element. Instead they seem to mirror each-other’s work impeccably, as if one solitary entity.

 

Reflecting on their experience once they returned to Paris, the duo said, “We already know that Los Angeles will affect our work for a long time. We did our first drawing of night, which was something we really wanted to try for a long time. It's funny to realize that LA, a city with such powerful light, helped us and gave us the opportunity to reach that goal.”

 

We look forward to sharing the evolution of Martinet + Texereau’s works with you as their practice continues to grow and evolve, drawing inspiration from new environments and experiences.

 

Read about Andrew Steiger's exchange experience in Paris here.

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