Studio Visit - Tappan Artist Exchange | Martinet + Texereau
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.
Our artist programs facilitate exhibitions with galleries, independent exhibition spaces, and the Tappan Atelier, offering the opportunity for artists to showcase their work in the physical realm.
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 2008, 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
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
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 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 collecton, White Project Galerie, Paris
2014, Entrelacs, Galerie Trois Points, Montréal Minimenta, Galerie Bertrand Baraudou,
2014, Paris 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
2012, Le Cabinet, Paris
2012, A l’endroit, à l’envers, Le centquatre, Paris
2012, À dessein...les tendances du dessin contemporain, Espace Baudouin, Antony
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
2017, Tappan Collective, Los Angeles 2016, Centre d’Art Aldébaran, Castries 2014, Centre d’Art LKV, Trondheim, Norvège
PUBLICATION 2015, L’éloge de l’ordinaire, catalogue monographique, novembre
2014, Gruppen Sole medere pede ede perede melos, Février 2015 Standard Magazine N°41, Juillet 2014, Arts Hebdo Medias, Mars 2013, Étapes, n° 214, Juille/Août 2011, The Drawer, volume 4 Funny Games, Mars 2013 À Vivre, Mai/Juin
AWARDS 2015, Prix de la Fondation Charles Oulmont
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