This year, we offered artists OX, Eltono and THTF to work in different schools. In the form of residences, more than four hundred students from CP to Terminale were able to exchange and create with renowned artists in the field of urban arts. Through the exhibition Common spaces at the Gymnasium – cultural space of the University of Franche-Comté, we have proposed a restitution of these three moments of creative exchange. In partnership with the UFC, the rector of Besançon, the DRAC Franche-Comté, the City of Besançon, the Department of Doubs and the Regional Council of Franche-Comté.
Bien Urbain 5
2 weeks : from 6th to 21th june 2015 + Chez Urbain open all summer
Associate artist : Eltono (FR)
17 invited artists : Eltono (FR), Honet (FR), Isauro Huizar (MX), Etienne Bultingaire (FR), Couch (JP), THTF (FR), Epos 257 (CZ), Simon Bernheim (FR), Olivier Kosta-Théfaine (FR), Luce (ES), Tricyclique Dol (FR), Huskmitnavn (DK), Influenza – Jeroen Jongeleen (NL), 3ttman (FR), Specter (US), Remed (FR), Nano 4814 (ES)
From abstract graffiti to installations, Eltono is constantly looking for the anomalies or systems of repetitions at work in the towns that he visits. His curiosity leads him to create extremely methodical and often aleatory abstract series (paintings on doors, installations, sculptures, walks…). He rarely maintains control over what he has created, letting the city and its users modify, alter, or enhance his offerings developed under constraints, creating potential works of art in construction.
Since the eighties, OX succeeds in diverting the codes and supports of advertising imagery (which inspires him too), with a contextual work which sharpens our gaze and continues to surprise us. His work around abstract forms embraces so much the close environment that it sometimes evokes narratives, comic situations or highlights small or large urban aberrations.
These two partners in crime from Lyon, passionate about graphic experimentation with abstract landscapes and collages, are coming back to the Doubs for the ‘Espaces Communs’ exhibition, reestablishing their residence at the Mont-Miroir à Maîche school. They are using it to act in Besançon for the first time, but given that they like trying new approaches, no one knows what they’ll do.
Quentin Coussirat, Nicolas Waltefaugle