Yesterday I went to the Salon du dessin contemporain or Drawing Now as it’s also called. For those who don’t know, it’s an art fair dedicated to contemporary art in the form of drawings and sketches. This is my favourite form of art but then again, I’m biased as this is the type of art I practise. This year was the 8th edition of the fair and took place in three different venues around the 3eme arrondissement. I went to two of those venues – le Carreau du Temple and les Espaces Commines. The exhibition space was much larger in le Carreau du Temple where there were two floors, showcasing a variety of different styles from international artists. Some pieces were highly intricate with an enormous level of detail (and time put into them) whilst others were childlike and imaginative. Others were intentionally humorous with one particular artist whose work comprised primarily of life like nude portraits of women (in various positions), they were so life like they could almost be mistaken for photographs. But then beside each woman there was a cartoon like creepy guy with his arm around them in each picture. The beauty of these young women being malled by a crudely drawn man (the artist’s take on himself) was funny and startling to look at. Below are some of my favourites from the fair.
Can you believe this detail?
Look at the skill!
Now this is what I can putting a post-it note to good use
Thought this one was particularly clever…each object is drawn in letters, making up the word for that object
These figures are even more interesting to look at when cut out and placed side by side
The space in Espace Commines was smaller and dedicated to young artists. By that stage, I had a creative overload and had stopped taking pics but so far I am feeling more inspired and even did a little doodling earlier, in the spirit of spring time and all the cherry blossoms I’ve come across lately.