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    Jules Lobgeois

    Jules Lobgeois

    1. Where were you born and where are you from ?

    Born in 1994, I live and work in a village in Hauts-de-France surrounded by forests.

    2. What is your first memory connected to the art world ?

    When I was ten years old I used to go every Saturday to my father’s photo studio. We would develop the negatives together, it was a privileged moment for me.

    3. Have you always worked in the art/design field ?

    I also worked for a custom bicycle frame manufacturer. I learned welding and precision there.

    4. What led you to the design creation ?

    As a child, I wanted to become a car designer. I joined the Olivier de Serres school in Paris, then during my studies I gradually moved towards sculpture.

    5. How would you describe your creative process and it influences ?

    My creative process is influenced by my environment and my workplace: in a wood, under the open sky, surrounded by trees. Time is punctuated by the rustle of the fauna and flora. Naturally, I transcribe the physiognomic and physical characteristics of the living around me.

    6. Could you describe a typical day of your work ?

    7. Why did you choose the specific materials you work with ?

    It was while working in the Atelier Banneel on the restoration of Jean Prouvé’s structures that I discovered steel work. My attraction to solid wood sculpture came from contact with the Belgian artist Kaspar Hamacher.

    8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?

    Halfway between a functional object and a sculpture, I intuitively shape pieces whose light is almost inherent to them. I burn the wood after I have carved it, using the fire as a paintbrush to emphasize the curves of my sculptures and produce shadows. For the same purpose I deform and sculpt steel to make it glow in the dark.

    9. What advices could you give to beginning artists who would like to create sculptural design works ?

    Sculpt with your heart.

    10. If your works had to belong to a design movement, in which one would you define it ?

    11. What designers have influenced you ?

    I admire Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé for their accuracy in the choice and use of materials. I think it is important to have a production and a use of the material, in coherence with its time.

    12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?

    13. What contemporary artists (in any kind of art) have you been inspired by ?

    Eugénie Touzé, her video work is a gentle orchestration of chance. She provokes scenes in the infinitely large or the infinitely small. These are subjects that touch me for their mixture of authenticity and fantasy.

    14. If you had to summarize your creations in one word or sentence, what would it be ?

    « From the shadow to the light. »

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