My artwork is driven from the interaction between nature and architecture. I walk in the street looking at what surrounds me, objects that are either left by nature such as leaves, branches, rocks, sand, dirt, or man-made objects like ply wood, newspaper, plastic, metal, plexiglass... When I see an object that draws my attention, I bring it back to my studio and study its color, the environment it came from, and its shape. I decide if it needs to be combined with any of my other found objects or transformed alone, if it needs added color, or to be incorporated into another existing mixed media sculpture. At times I have such an attachment to the object that I decide it would look better by itself without modification. I tend to use spray paint a lot in my projects because it relates to when I started getting interested in making art. Street art has been and still is a big influence on me for my inspiration of color, texture, form and movement. It also speaks as a cheap, easy to get, and rebellious medium from the background it has with the graffiti and urban culture. I use geometric shapes, the three line marking, and colors that I see in nature and in man made constructions to then combine both of them, to express a coexistence between both the man made architectural, structural, authoritarian, capitalistic, artificial world and the wild, free, organic, unstructured and sublime patterns of colors from nature. I am interested in the existence of the beauty and ugliness of the technological and consumerist society we live in and the consequences it leaves behind, such as pollution in nature but also how it affects humans in many ways. Installation works are another way for me to work with the use of space, sound and imagery to have the viewer emerged into the emotions and feelings I am trying to communicate. The expressionist works are a representation of the effects the present world we live in have on humans. I express emotions and feelings such as: pleasure, anger, injustice, happiness, ecstasy, uncertainty, transcendence, consumerism, order/disorder in society and more through: texture, color, form and movement in the works. I also sketch out ideas for various pieces, imagining how they would look as a finished work and then set about finding the materiel for construction. Repetitive abstract patterns with three marks symbolize volume, movement and intensity. The triadic number of markings relate to the concept that my art is a process of creating a structural tension or energy between nature, object, and viewer.
Franco - American artist born and raised in Aix en Provence south of France. Moved to the United States in 2012 and graduated from Hersey High School. Now currently studying at Columbia College Chicago in Fine Arts. Having studied economics and management in France and was attracted to Street Art at first, I decided to move to the United States for a life changing experience. After a long journey balancing between the Graphic Design art world and the Fine Arts, I have decided after trying Graphic Design for a year and Illustration the next at Columbia College Chicago to move towards Fine Arts. Coming from a Street Art background I realized that painting on a big skill on walls was what attracted me the most, being physical with the paint and the surface of the wall interest most. From the walls to canvases my current work is about mixed media, recycling objects left abandoned to give them a new life. I have been using these objects on collages and creating 3D paintings. Representing texture, form, emotions, movement, minimalism and perspective in an abstract style. The older works are oil paintings, charcoal drawings, lithography, and wood prints. The art work represents the transition in the life changing experience between France and United States, translated through abstract shapes, forms, emotions and texture on various mediums. My goal is to make each artwork original from another by using different materials found in the streets for each art piece making them each unique, I have been looking for an unfinished, and rough touch to each art work.