Incursions sauvages

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Christine Germain-Donnat (sous la dir. de), Incursions sauvages, Paris, Éditions Lord Byron, 2022

1st edition
Edition of 1500 copies
Hardcover, 22 x 28 cm, 80 pages
French English Edition
Translated from French by Ben Lenthall
ISBN : 978-2-491901-33-2

Incursions sauvages is the catalog published for the joint exhibitions "Incursions sauvages" at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris (FR) from April 12, 2022 to September 11, 2022 and "Plongée en eaux troubles" at Fluctuart, Centre d'art urbain in Paris from April 7 to June 17, 2022. It includes a preface by Christine Germain-Donnat, an introduction and notes by the exhibition curator Cyrille Gouyette and a text by Anne Simon. The artists exhibited are Andrea Ravo Mattoni, Ardif, Bault, Bordalo II, Ruben Carrasco, Loraine Motti, Matthieu Dagorn, Nadège Dauvergne, Sébastien Jouan, Jussi TwoSeven, NEVERCREW, Olivia de Bona, SCAF, Veks Van Hillik and WAR!

Andrea Ravo Mattoni is an Italian artist born in 1981 in Varese. Coming from a family of artists, he is immersed in the world of art and draws since his youth, with a particular interest in classical art. In fact, he attended courses at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2017, he was responsible for a famous work of Caravaggio reproduced on the facade of the Gemelli Hospital in Rome. More recently, as part of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, he created five large paintings at the Château d'Amboise. He also collaborates with the Louvre Museum.

Born in 1986, Ardif is a street artist living and working in Paris. He studied art with a specialization in architecture. His training and his taste for steampunk machines are found in his works. He finds his inspirations through pop culture, Miyazaki's cinematographic works (1941), Star Wars and animals, which he particularly likes. Today, his work explores the possible hybridizations between architectural machines and nature.

Born in Rodez in 1977, Bault is an artist of the current urban scene who lives and works in Paris. Trained at the École des Beaux-Arts in Avignon and then at the Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg, he devotes himself to graffiti, but also to video art, graphic design and illustration. Passionate about art brut, which he discovered in Haiti, he is also interested in the Brazilian artistic practice of pixaçao: a mixture of tags and typographic research.

The Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo was born in Lisbon in 1987. Coming from the illegal graffiti culture, he became known under the pseudonym Bordalo II by creating large-scale outdoor installations from 2013. These works mainly represent multicolored animals in volume with recycled materials that he repaints. Bordalo II's works, which openly criticize globalization, are always eco-responsible, since their very composition is based on assemblies of detritus gleaned from the streets or garbage dumps.

Originally from Mexico where he grew up, Ruben Carrasco studied at the Institute of Visual Arts, Anahuac University in Cancun, McGill University and Dawson College in Montreal, Canada where he currently resides and works. In addition to his development as an artist, he has also worked as a tattoo artist, set designer, muralist, photographer, graphic designer and digital designer. He is inspired by classical imagery, ancient statuary, Indian ethnicities and modern pop culture.

Loraine Motti is a graduate of the ENSAD Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris and the Ecole Boulle. Painter, illustrator and fresco artist, she creates paintings in voluntary resonance with the work of Jerome Bosch whom she admires. Living and working in Lyon, she made her debut in the wastelands of the Paris region in 2009. Influenced by her long residencies in South America from 2014, her murals are populated with characters evolving in a natural environment and give a particular look at human relationships to objects and nature, in a surreal and narrative vein.

Born in Guingamp in 1982, Matthieu Dagorn lives and works in Paris. Painter and sculptor also known as Lapin Thur, the artist graduated from the Beaux-Arts de Quimper and continues a family artistic tradition inherited from a great-grandfather painter at Henriot. In 2008, he joined the Parisian artists' collective 9th Concept, where he worked as a graphic designer. He quickly felt the need to express himself in a way other than painting on a wall or a canvas and created his own sculpture technique. He cuts and assembles strips of paper, cardboard, plastic and other wood veneers to create ethnic masks, animals, plants or human silhouettes.

Born in Ouagadougou in 1973, Nadège Dauvergne lives and works near Beauvais (FR). The draughtswoman and street artist has followed an academic training in drawing techniques in graphic arts studies in Paris, then in the Beaux-arts of Reims. Her artistic approach favors the mixing of different universes to make new visual propositions. His project Exodus deals with the presence of wildlife increasingly present in cities, a phenomenon related to new policies in terms of ecology, promoting the return of nature in the city and the degradation of natural environments of these animals.

Sebastien Jouan is the head of the Theatre Projects acoustical team. Based in Paris, he is a design acoustician with extensive experience in leading multidisciplinary teams, specializing in the acoustic design of performance centers, museums and galleries, music schools, educational buildings, recording studios, urban soundscapes and sound art installations. He is also known for his work on 3D sound systems, on which he is currently working with the Sorbonne University in Paris, as well as for his numerous collaborations with artists on sound art projects.

Born in 1983, Finnish artist Jussi TwoSeven is a street artist who emerged from the graffiti art of the 1990s. He attended art school in Espoo (FI) from the age of 5 until his teenage years, and did not pursue any other formal training, but developed a fascination with graffiti after hearing older boys talk about their creative forays at night. He abandoned his first graffiti experience for several years until he discovered the art of stenciling and began again in the mid-2000s. He then discovered his own style, in a complicated and time-consuming technique. Not content with a stencil and a spray can, he sketches his images with a camera; according to him, nothing beats riding a bike through a city at night, armed with a camera.

NEVERCREW is a Swiss street art duo composed of Christian Rebecchi and Pablo Togni. After their training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, they decided to work together and started working on street art in 1996. They do not limit themselves to painting, and also approach sculpture, graphic design, photography or even video. They create large-scale murals and their urban interventions emerge from their analysis of the relationship between humanity and nature, focusing on the deleterious effect of man on his environment.

Olivia de Bona was born in 1985. After obtaining a degree in Applied Arts and Animation in 2005, she quickly broke with digital technology to turn to a more artisanal know-how. She then joined the 9th Concept collective with Romain Froquet and Lapin Thur. The whole of her work touches the tale and the intimate, mixing eroticism with the imaginary of childhood. Strange and elegant characters intertwine, mingle and merge in a dreamlike setting, where nature, animals, dreams, the nude, women and hair are the recurring motifs of his mythology.

SCAF is a professional graffiti artist from Nancy, known for his uncontested practice of anamorphosis. In the early 2000s, he began to paint BBoys, famous characters emblematic of graffiti. He is part of the Smala Crew, a collective of the best graffiti artists in Eastern France. His main references are pop culture characters such as Gollum, Rick and Morty or Street Fighter that can be found in his graffiti. The street artist also draws in trompe l'oeil many monsters and animals such as dinosaurs, giant snakes and other gorillas.

Born in 1988 in the southwest of France, tattoo artist, painter and street artist Veks Van Hillik has a passion for drawing since his early years, drawing his inspiration from the fauna and flora that surround him, which have become the main subject of his works. Like many of his co-religionists, he draws his references from the world of pop culture, video games or comics, and quickly becomes a recognized artist of the Lowbrow movement that emerged from Los Angeles in the late 1970s. His personal, dreamlike and surreal style is impregnated with classical artists such as Gustave Doré, Ingres or Caravaggio, Van Eyck or Brueghel, and delivers to the viewer a dark and mystical world full of irony and darkness, but also of hope.

WAR! is the famous anonymous and masked graffiti artist. Self-taught, he draws since childhood and did not go to art school. He only discovered graffiti on the railroad tracks when he went to visit his grandparents in Paris in the late 90s, a period when this practice was at its peak. Although he is anonymous, so that he can continue an illegal street practice, institutions recognize him, since he realizes the poster of the Transmusicales festival in 2016, and the city of Rennes acquires one of his works for the Municipal Fund of Contemporary Art.

Cyrille Gouyette is an art historian and chargé de mission at the Louvre Museum. He holds a DEA degree from the University of Paris I, Panthéon Sorbonne. Passionate about the links that can be woven between the arts and periods, his DEA thesis was already on a comparison between Byzantine and Italian parietal representations in the fourteenth century. He published with Jean-René Gaborit Les élans du corps : le mouvement dans la sculpture at the Louvre Museum in 2005, followed by Le nu féminin dans la peinture occidentale with Sonia Brunel, published by the same editor in 2008. We owe him more recently Une street histoire de l'art, published by Alternatives/Gallimard in 2021.

Christine Germain-Donnat began her career in 1999 as curator at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille, then at the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Musée de la Céramique in Rouen. While directing the Grobet-Labadié Museum, she was in charge of the project for the Museum of Decorative Arts and Fashion at the Château Borély in Marseille from 2008 to 2013, before taking over the direction of the Department of Heritage and Collections at Sèvres-Cité de la céramique. Christine Germain-Donnat took over the direction of the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in 2019.

Anne Simon is a specialist in literature (20th and 21st centuries). She is a researcher in literary and philosophical studies and director of research at the CNRS. She is in charge of the Proust Center at the Centre de Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage. She has published Trafics de Proust. Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Deleuze, Barthes published by Hermann in 2016, and Une bête entre les lignes. Essai de zoopoétique, published by Wildproject in 2021.