Léo Dorfner

Posted: July 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: interviews | Tags: , , , | No Comments »
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If I thought about Léo Dorfner (in some attempt to define his work), I would come with two pictures: drawing and Gitanes cigarettes. Speaking of cigarettes, he keeps his packs and draws some of his favorite albums artwork on it. It ranges from Queens Of The Stone Age to Elvis Presley, including Serge Gainsbourg and David Bowie among many others.
He is working with digital photography, Polaroid, drawing and watercolor painting. He usually takes pictures first and works from them. Watercolor painting has an immediate effect: no remorse is allowed. He is also the man behind Branded magazine.
He is currently living and working in Paris. He is represented by Anouk Le Bourdiec gallery.

smoke_petitsmoke signals, watercolor, pencils and felt pen on Gitanes packs

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A full wine cellar
What is your greatest fear?
Butterflies
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My shyness
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Arrogance
Which living person do you most admire?
Nobody
What is your greatest extravagance?
Art books
What is your current state of mind?
Relaxed
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Modesty

Le mythe du dragon des piscines - 105 x 150 cm - 2014_web

Le mythe du dragon des piscines, watercolor on paper

On what occasion do you lie?
When I speak about myself
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My legs
Which living person do you most despise?
Francis Huster, Robert Hossein and Claire Chazal
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Coolness
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Beauty
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Les gros
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
A woman
When and where were you happiest?
When I was a child, at home
Which talent would you most like to have?
Play the piano
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
See question 3 & 10
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I don’t know
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Léo Dorfner
Where would you most like to live?
Paris or New York
What is your most treasured possession?
Artworks
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Hunger, I guess
What is your favorite occupation?
Look out by the window

Alpha Centauri - 65 x 50 cmAlpha Centauri, watercolor on paper

What is your most marked characteristic?
My perfume
What do you most value in your friends?
Kindness, and when they bring some drinks
Who are your favorite writers?
Michel Houellebecq and Alex Barbier
Who is your hero of fiction?
Don Draper
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
No one
Who are your heroes in real life?
A lot
What are your favorite names?
Those I know
What is it that you most dislike?
Mouth sounds and endives
What is your greatest regret?
No regrets
How would you like to die?
Of a heart attack
What is your motto?
Enjoy!

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Born to kill, engraving on Zippo lighter

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Julien Langendorff

Posted: February 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: interviews | Tags: , , | No Comments »
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05Sleepwalking Free (i am the light), collage, acrylic on paper (2014)

The questionnaire you are about to read was quite some achievement: it took nearly six months to release, with many emails and text messages. For two individuals living in the same city, one can say that we took our time to meet.
Julien Langendorff is a French artist who is doing mainly collage. He works with vintage magazines and books he collects at the Salvation Army, thrift shops and occasionally in the street.
The door opens on a friendly face that night when I arrived at his home studio. Some song is playing from the laptop (‘music is very important to me’ he later told me) and the floor is covered with books, magazines and torn papers.
– ‘Is smoking OK?’
– ‘Of course.
We spent a few hours discussing art galleries, New York, Kenneth Anger, rock music… He lived in NY on several occasions, confessing that he sometimes misses its typical exuberant energy. He has some friends there too, such as Sonic Youth’s former frontman Thurston Moore for whom Julien directed a music video last year.
We also share the same ‘heroes’ in music or movies and agree to say that the role they play in shaping someone psyche is so important that it is worth all the degrees or studies in the world.
He is currently having a solo show at agnès b.’s librairie gallery in Hong Kong, Tiptoe Through The Other Side, on view until February 28.

17-lowLookin For The Magic, collage, acrylic on paper (2014)

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

To be a piece of dust and just float.

What is your greatest fear?

Going to jail.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Way too neurotic.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

This certain mix of nastiness and stupidity.

Which living person do you most admire?

Alejandro Jodorowsky.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Taking cabs at night when i’m sleepless just to be driven around the city.

What is your current state of mind?

Confused.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Respectability.

On what occasion do you lie?

I’m a very bad liar so i usually try to avoid lies, but i can make up some excuses when i don’t feel like meeting someone and want to stay on my own – my apologies to people i know who might read this.. (though i want to add i’m actually often busy or ill)

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I don’t like most of my facial features.

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Kiss #1 (Drink The Silver, Drink The Gold), collage on paper (2014)

Which living person do you most despise?

It would have to be someone i know personally and there are several, so i won’t give them the honor to be named here.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

I like loyal, free-spirited men with a heart of gold and a solid sense of humour.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

I like tough and intelligent women with natural elegancy and one little crooked tooth.

04The Loneliest Soul, collage, acrylic on paper (2014)

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

« The problem is, .. » — « Thank you so much » – « A pack of Muratti light please » – « I’m sorry » – « Tomorrow would be better » –

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Every new woman I fall in love with.

When and where were you happiest?

I’m never happy.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would like to come with something more spiritual, but right now i wish i was better at making a living.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My voice.

02spread-een no-ledge (In The Land Of Teenage Christs), collage,acrylic on paper (2014)

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Being still around.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

A forest haunted by beautiful naked ghosts.

Where would you most like to live?

Anywhere but here.

What is your most treasured possession?

My notebooks and journals.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Losing complete touch with reality.

What is your favorite occupation?

Smoking cigarettes doing nothing. I can be a very contemplative person.

What is your most marked characteristic?

Making things complicated.

01 Tiptoe Through The Other Side, collage on paper (2014)

What do you most value in your friends?

Caring, loyal and funny friends.

Who are your favorite writers?

William Blake. Aleister Crowley. Edgar Allan Poe. Charles Bukowski. Albert Camus.

Who is your hero of fiction?

Lord Byron’s Manfred.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

My knowledge in history is too little to answer this.

Who are your heroes in real life?

John Cassavetes. William Burroughs. John Waterhouse. Matteah Baim. Patti Smith. Sylvia Plath. Gram Parsons. Jana Hunter.

What are your favorite names?

Rozz. Lux. Uma. Zuma. Eve. Matteah. Jana.

What is it that you most dislike?

Animal exploitation.

What is your greatest regret?

I only have one regret and it’s too personal to share.

How would you like to die?

In my sleep while dreaming about sex.

What is your motto?

I don’t have any.

 

http://julienlangendorff.com/

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Spectral Astral Unspo-oken Trial ,collage, acrylic, glitter on paper (2012)