Behind the funny name hides an artist with a riotous imagination, whose work finds its origins and subversive power in the cartoons, pop culture and in the visual culture of B and Z movies. Known for his absurd style and incongruous monsters, he first published his cartoons with Jean-Pierre Faur then with Editions Cornélius and worked for a long time with various press publications, including Les Inrockuptibles, Libération and So Foot. Prolific in output, he also made forays into video production for television before then being courted by contemporary art galleries. From drawings to video installations, his work has been widely exhibited in France, Europe and as far afield as Japan. After ‘Red jacket Vs White Jacket’ was presented in 2008 at Galerie Kamel Mennour in Paris, a sequel of this exhibition is being welcomed this spring in Kyoto at the Super Window Project & Gallery along with a further exhibition ‘Super Jacket Sentai’ at the Kyoto International Manga Museum, a very personal ode in praise of Tokusatsu culture. He has been working for many years with item editions in Paris.
As a child, I wore those elasticated bracelets threaded with little sweets of every colour. I would put as many as I could on my left arm. Then I would lie down in the grass and my neighbour’s big white dog would come and lick them.
Bracelets today are used to capture pheromones in the same way as perfumes do. A good bracelet should make people want to lick the arms of the person wearing it.
I suspect that in the future, bracelets will lose their alimentary and sexual function and will be equipped with gadgets to measure the passage of time and allow the wearer to travel sideways within it.