lucien herve

On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, we recently discovered Jacques Floret’s four-color ballpoint pen drawings. Floret was contacted by the London gallery Lazarides and asked to draw a few pictures, which would then be printed in the form of posters. He was given no other instructions than that. In front of him he had a good few sheets of drawing paper. So what subjects would look good on such a surface? He had carte blanche. However, the choice was clear – the simpler the better. Staring him in the face was the unquestionable favorite which hedonistic teenagers have used to adorn their rooms for decades: the pin-up. It was the obvious choice, by its very nature fulfilling the desire for the ordinary that Floret constantly seeks (he cannot rid himself of the obsession with questioning what is everyday and commonplace).

Without trying to invent anything, he contented himself with trawling through the hotchpotch of images displayed on our computer screens, and then retrieving those depicting scantily clad young women with mischievous smiles. He sorted them carefully, so that later he could find his way around them. He looked for their common features as wellas their differences, focusing first on the group of pin-ups who pose with an object then narrowing them down to those posing with a ball. He ensured consistency by cropping them so that the circumference of each ball was identical on every drawing. The last step is for him to transfer and color them without going over the edges.

Jacques Floret is considered to be a draftsman.

Floret transfers and colors pictures he has chosen, creating a more or less faithful copy of the original. Some of his drawings are “clear line,” a style of drawing that uses strong lines of uniform importance. These are intended mainly for the press and for advertisements. Others are made using a 4-color ballpoint pen in repetitive fashion. The drawings are then usually exhibited in series, either in art spaces or sometimes in the houses of wealthy friends.

Recently, he has been creating frescoes with felt-tip pens, the same sort used by children. When exposed to the light, these frescoes gradually disappear, to the great vexation of their owners.

The exhibition consists of 12 drawings and 3 gicleé prints on Arches paper.

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red ball #01, 2013 - four colors ballpoint pen drawing on paper - 19,7 x 25,6 inches

red ball #08, 2013 - four colors ballpoint pen drawing on paper - 19,7 x 25,6 inches

red ball #11, 2013 - four colors ballpoint pen drawing on paper - 19,7 x 25,6 inches