Art Writer’s Wednesday 29 - Artist on Tumblr

Loïc Arnaud | on Tumblr (France)

Loïc Arnaud is a French visual artist based in Dijon. After graduating from Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Toulouse in 1997, he has worked as art carpenter for 10 years. He resumed his artistic production in 2009 and started an epic tale of the history of the 20th century that mixes with the mythological references and his personal history. It attempts to present the journey of a man through his day.

After a first solo exhibition at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art Reunion in 2012, Loïc joined Tumblr to expose his work on the platform. Artist set with us to share his personal story and his creative process.

Artchipel : After graduating from Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Toulouse, you have been a carpenter for ten years before returning to the artistic practice. What is your story? Tell us about your practice and your creative universe.

Loïc Arnaud : Friedrich Nietzsche said that one must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. No doubt he was right, but I would add that it also takes time, experience and maturity to turn this chaos constellation.

Two years after my graduation from the Fine Arts school, and thanks to my encounter with Jannis Kounellis and Allan Kaprow but also my readings of Joseph Beuys’ writing, I choose to postpone my artistic production. I realized that I didn’t have the tool to manage my inner chaos and to penetrate the world beats. As Goldmund from Hermann Hesse1’s novel, I had to leave the culture citadel to immerse myself and discover the world. It was not an easy choice, but it is a choice that has been saving. I was locked in an ideal, a vision of the world that is too intellectual, cold and frozen and that leads only to a passive death.

So I went to learn how to cut wood to build houses. For 10 years, I’ve dreamed of painting a thousand times, but I knew that it’s only a matter of time.

I ended my art carpentry business in early July 2008 and started to establish myself on the island of Reunion, where I retook the artistic production. There, I first re-entered slowly the world where I had left. It was like walking across a forest where myths and legends, phobias and fear overwhelm you. The experience gained by the practice has proved very useful. When you build a house, you can’t find the refuge in the world of words, we must deal with the reality of elements and all your talents should be turned to one goal: the realization of the project.

Today, I no longer produce the same voltage with that of the emergence of necessities. I can speak well of the works I produce but they do not arise for many of my words.

If I haven’t learned how to evolve in contemporary art field while during the last decade, I have learned many other things that seem more essential: the patience and the lack of need.

(to be continued)


on the way back, emulsion, oil and carbon on paper, 10.6’’x14.2’’ (2011)
on the paths of Bethlehem, emulsion, oil and carbon on paper
interview with Artchipel originally conducted in French

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Curator’s Monday 155 - Artist on Tumblr

Alyssa Monks | on Tumblr (b.1977, USA)

Brooklyn-based artist Alyssa Monks is a figurative painter, blurring the line between abstraction and realism. “Using filters such as glass, vinyl, water, and steam, I distort the body in shallow painted spaces. These filters allow for large areas of abstract design - islands of color with activated surfaces - while bits of the human form peak through. In a contemporary take on the traditional bathing women, my subjects are pushing against the glass “window”, distorting their own body, aware of and commanding the proverbial male gaze. Thick paint strokes in delicate color relationships are pushed and pulled to imitate glass, steam, water and flesh from a distance. However, up close, the delicious physical properties of oil paint are apparent. Thus sustaining the moment when abstract paint strokes become something else. When I began painting the human body, I was obsessed with it and needed to create as much realism as possible. I chased realism until it began to unravel and deconstruct itself, I am exploring the possibility and potential where representational painting and abstraction meet - if both can coexist in the same moment.” Monks’s paintings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions, and her work is represented in public and private collections.

© All images courtesy of the artist

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I did one of these of myself and then I thought, hey, I should do some of my faves. And so. 

I’m also going to be setting up a commissions thing soon, but I can start doing things like these now. If you want a drawing of you, your favorite character or celebrity, or whoever tbh, each portrait is $15. Add another character for an additional $5. You can get two items for them to hold or be in the drawing, and you can be as detailed or as vague as you like with what you want. Payable through PayPal only. 

Send me a message if you want one! 


Art Writer’s Wednesday 10 - Tumblr Artist

Jürgen Heckel aka isolohr | on Tumblr (b.1970, Germany)

Jürgen Heckel is a 43 years old photographer from Germany. After living in Paris for 14 years, he is now located in Munich and pursuits his career as a sound and photography artist. His work is detail oriented towards the surrounding nature and he often transforms static landscapes into mythical places. He creates mystery and depth by raising the viewer’s curiosity by giving the feeling that every picture would hide a clue or would tell us a story. More work can been seen on artist’s Facebook - Flickr - Behance - Website. Our sincere thanks to Silvia Morar from Republic X for Artchipel’s Art Writer’s Wednesday #10.

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Tumblr Monday 89

Margriet Smulders (b.1955, Netherlands) - Siren Ink / Siren Milk (2010)

“Endless garlands of flowers curled around the borders of my note pads when I was a school girl. And thousands of roses were cut out from my mother’s gardening books. At the Academy of Arts, flowers as large as life were painted on my canvasses. There were always flowers. They flourished in the self-portraits of the eighties and grew bigger in the flower wallpapers made in the nineties.” Margriet Smulders is a Dutch photographer of floral still lifes. She attended the Radboud University Nijmegen from 1974 to 1983 and the Academy of Arts in Arnhem from 1979 to 1985. Many thanks to arpeggia for introducing us Margriet Smulders on the first Monday of 2013 :)

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Qiu Minye (b. 1978, China) - My God (2013)

Qiu Minye has found a new way of recording time by removing the identity of an image and creating the exquisite shape, life and texture. The object is floating lightly in a soft space like a song. It equals to the existence itself, which makes us sigh for the nature and thus feel the gratitude to the artist for giving us the opportunity to experience the nature.

My God - Qiu Minye Photography Exhibition
Ofoto Gallery - 2F, Building 13, 50 Moganshan Rd. Shanghai - 07.05-08.29.2014
Opening on 25th Oct. 2014 from 4pm
© All images courtesy of the artist

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