2019年5月22日宀畫廊將會舉行Julien Pradier(又名PABO)首次個人作品展「SPACE DOOKIE」，限定一天。來自法國的Julien是一名視覺藝術家及平面設計師。擁有純熟技巧、解決問題利落直接及富現代美感的觸覺，他現為Pirata Group的美術總監。Saint-Laurent Paris、Fauchon、Shangri-La、Officine Panerai、Pernod Ricard、L'Oreal Paris及Absolut亦曾是他的客人。
以PABO名義發表「SPACE DOOKIE」，代表著Julien Pradier個人一面。沒有工作的限制他能自由地發揮。「SPACE DOOKIE」為是次展覽而設的十張原創作品，PABO帶我們以視覺經歷LSD文化的洞穴進入迷幻世界中，他利用具機器感的視覺設計、電子拼貼圖片、光學藝術、結實的顏色去創造大膽的作品。所有作品都在完成在吸墨紙上，配以特別設計畫框展出。
宀 Gallery opened SPACE DOOKIE, Julien Pradier’s (aka PABO) first solo-exhibition on May 22, 2019 for one night only. Julien is a French visual artist and freelance graphic designer. His experienced skills, intuitive problem-solving and strikingly contemporary aesthetic has led him to the position of Artistic Director at Pirata Group. His previous clients includeSaint-Laurent Paris, Fauchon, Shangri-La, Officine Panerai, Pernod Ricard,L'Oreal Paris and Absolut. Julien is self-motivated and experimental with a rigorously disciplined practice.
SPACE DOOKIE introduces the personal side of Julien Pradier under his artist name, PABO. Without the constraints of a client’s needs PABO is free to create for the sole purpose of his own curiosity. SPACE DOOKIE presents ten original works made exclusively for the exhibition. For this exhibition PABO takes us down the rabbit hole of LSD culture where psychedelic visuals run wild.
宀 Gallery is proud to support Julien Pradier’s multifaceted creative practice. We believe in challenging the boundaries of fine art by providing space and opportunity for visual language in any form.
On April 19, 1943 Albert Hofmann, aSwiss Chemist, became the first person in history to experiment with lysergic-acid diethylamide. Since then the powerful substance has rippled through global culture. From Andy Warhol’s Factory to The Beatles YellowSubmarine, art and music as we know has been marked by the psychedelic movement.Looking further back into history there has always been clear links between creativity, social gatherings and inebriation.
It seems the urge to collectively lose control occurs in every human society. This phenomenon is criticized by both the internal and external. With the risk to mental and physical health, there is undoubtedly a dark side to the festivities. The stigmatisation of nightlife and illegalisation of related activities further exaggerates certain issues, casting out complex social dilemmas with misunderstanding and judgement.
When initially discussing the theme of the exhibition both myself and PABO felt it was import not to focus on Acid as a drug but as a mind set. PABO explained his true interest was the philosophy of experimentation linked to LSD culture. He relates this to his own work and creative process which constantly searches for new materials, techniques and compositions. PABO exploits the mechanics of graphic design; digitally collaging outlandishly contemporary symbols and icons with robust colors. All the works are printed on blotter paper and mounted in specially designed frames of different colours. Every detail is thought about, tried out and perfected. The images and references used are taken from PABO’s everyday life, without too much analysis, then spun through a kaleidoscopic lens.
The SPACE DOOKIE series addresses a moment of pulling apart the pieces, jumbling them around and putting them back together. The psychedelic experience is not an end in itself, it is a window to another way of seeing and a playground for new beginnings. The power lies in the artist’s ability to take lessons from mind-altering moments and express them in the light of day with highly potent aesthetics.
By Laura Zhang, Artist& 宀 Gallery Curator