« The imaginary is real and remains to be seen. New worlds allow viewers to escape towards their imagination, and pictures become then sets of tracks where everyone creates his story » says Laurent Judge over a cuppa in his studio in Saigon. Can this be the motto from one of our most respected artists in town who produces regularly potent hits of beauty? Much like his work, Laurent Judge, shifts from the intellectual to the anecdotal in seconds. His work is heavily influenced by dominant colors, Fractal art, Abstract Impressionism fluctuating with rhythms and vibrations from the music he listens while he works.
Taking a break from installing his new exhibition starting the 9th June at l’Usine, the forty-something artist gives birth to his turbulent stream of consciousness with a French touch that makes you forget he’s lived in Saigon for seven years.
When did you realize that you would like to dedicate your life to Art?
After few years working, when I was 25 years old, I decided to dedicate myself, full time to Art. It was obvious that the necessity to create was there, whatever the context and the form of art. I needed to communicate to the world my inner feelings and my creativity that was only existing within my mind. Any art, tells a story. It is a form of communication with another human being that is indirect but deeply profound.
As an artist, how would you define yourself? How did you manage to finalize your fingerprint?
I would say clumsy and precise, combining reality with imagination. The imaginary is real and remains to be seen. In my head, infinite information turns all together in this indefinite space and emerge at random on my brush thanks to automatism. I love the moment’s impulse in freestyle. I don’t like too much this idea of finalizing a fingerprint meaning that each creation remains frozen in time. I wish that each piece of art invites the public to a different journey, with various emotions every time they will have a new look on it. I prefer to see my work as a continual journey built by a combination of a wide range of colors, gestural, techniques which change according to the periods of my life.
How do you work? Do you start with a draft or a sketch before painting?
I never work on a sketch before. I generally place the canvas on the floor and turn around to build the composition with harmony than when the rough layout is done, I create the texture, and I place the story.
What do you want to demonstrate through your Art?
I want my paintings to be open doors to new spaces. New worlds allow viewers to escape toward their imagination, and pictures become then sets of tracks where everyone creates his story.
What emotions stimulate your work?
On what type of work are you working on today?
I am mainly focusing on painting, but sculpture is a medium I want to explore.
Which piece of art deeply moved your vision?
When I was six years old a Juan Miro’s poster about the 1982 World Cup, From 12 to 18 years old Dali, Bosh, Kandinsky and Picasso fascinated me, later I took a slap with Franck Stella’s works in the 90s.
Which artist fascinates you?
Gerhart Richter fascinates me because of his tremendous work, but Picasso remains the ultimate Master.
An artistic movement that inspired you?
The Time of Imaginary Worlds
Ongoing projects? Currently, where can we discover your work?
My next exhibition is taking place at l’Usine in Saigon the 9th june and very soon will follow another exhibition, mid-end June in my studio « Rouge Zigzag » with a new series of painting high in colors!
One Dot Exhibition – Laurent Judge
From 9 – 18 June 2017
Opening 9 June 2017 – From 6.00 – 8.00 Pm
L’Usine – 151/5 Dong Khoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh