in burn Two artists looking for space

“Panel 1” is the first joint creation of the two artists. ©Coralie Max-Renard

It was their meeting at the bar “Les Saltimbanks” that prompted the two artists to find a place to create work together. Two painters exhibited successively at this place. “On the evening of the exhibition, we had a drink and we talked about how it would be nice to be able to have a dedicated space instead of working at home,” says Alexander Dusapin. The latter, though studying Beaux-Arts and then architecture, resumed painting in December 2021. Staying in Bern (Eure) for a few months, for the moment, he has no place to create. With him, you have to cover everything and he doesn’t necessarily have the space, tools, jobs to save and paint everywhere. “I’m not going to put chemicals on the turf, so we’re looking for a place where we can really go and continue our journey,” he says.

Vincent Rodrigues, aka Rodrigue, when he signs his paintings, is the same. He could not paint at his convenience at his residence in Broglie. Earlier in the medico-social field, he now wants to make painting his main work.

Rodrigue with his work, exhibited at Saltimbank.
Rodrigue with his work, exhibited at Saltimbank. © DR

Difficult to find

“We told ourselves that we need a space big enough to let go artistically”, admits Alexander Dusapin. For this they need a garage or shed, ideally 100 m2, for rent right now. “What would be really useful for us is to invest as soon as possible in a place that meets our criteria,” he added.

In June 2022, the two friends began exploring Barney, first in the center, then gradually around. “There are two or three tracks, but where we are interested, we cannot find the owner,” laments the young man So they consulted cadastres at the level of the ure department. “We also come across situations where the information provided by the administration has no link to reality,” says thirty-year-old painter Vincent Rodrigues. There is a garage behind the station which looks good to us, we had the owner’s address, but the information we have doesn’t match. As a last resort, we sent a registered letter to the address to find out if the owner is there and ask if there is a possibility of meeting him to talk about our project,” he takes as an example.

A place to create together

If this space allows each of them to draw on their side, it will also artistically promote the union of the two men. After their first joint work, “Panel 1”, was anonymous so as not to influence the reading of the viewer, they were interested in being able to reproduce this experience in their premises. Vincent Rodrigues described, “We did it, we are happy, because we are two separate entities, but we agree. We keep our individual, graphic and artistic identities and we agree to create together”.

Rodrigue’s pointillism is thus mixed with Alexandre Dusapin’s fictional subjects, opening many doors to different universes. Since young painters like to create works on different supports, plastic, old canvas or kraft paper, this panel is made of cardboard assembly. “We’re going to do a lot of other things, so you need a bigger place”, supports the latter.

Alexandre Dusapin in front of one of his works.
Alexandre Dusapin in front of one of his works. ©Coralie Max-Renard

Create a social connection

“We feel that there is an imitation in Barney, we understand that there is an artistic mode that is there, underground, but which fails to create a link to be able to come together, to work together”, describes Vincent Rodrigues. This social space they intend to set up a second time to allow them to meet artists and other residents in their new studio. “It’s the idea of ​​an open workshop, if ever people want to come and talk and it can create professions, ideas or even other projects for the city”, imagines Alexander Dusapin. The space will allow them to exhibit individual and collective as well as other people’s work “if we have the space”, he added.

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The two artists lamented the lack of art promotion in the city, although there are several galleries. “This is not the interest of the city of art and history”, complains Alexander Dusapin. “Art is a social medium and that’s important to us,” says Vincent Rodrigues.

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