Posted at Tuesday 28-10-2014




Horfee, the French artist, known for his free and spontaneous style, pushes his limits even further in his last work. He tries to get rid of any form of structure and be free of rules, creating beauty by chaos.

We had a talk with Horfee about his first solo show on American ground at the New Image Art Gallery, about what influences him and how he deals with the duality of graffiti versus gallery.


Your first solo show in the USA just ended. How do you feel about LA?

I find it very inspiring; it is like a big machine.

Here you witness creation from anyone that wants to do something.

It's a lot to take in, everywhere there is something new, something fresher than next door. People over there make you see both sides of the mirror at anytime of the day and night.


Tell us a bit more on how you prepared for the show?

I prepared a lot of work in my studio at home that I took to LA and the bigger pieces I did in a studio in downtown LA.

It feels really good to finally do a show following my own opinion on things. 

The people I worked with were really interested in what I was trying to say: my visions on the culture I approach and how I describe it with the show. They liked the fact that I was not just transplanting my work from the bombing movement to the gallery by just doing graffiti on canvases.


What message did you want to tell with your work for the show?

I wanted to make it colourful and show my confidence with different media: drawings, sculptures and paintings.

I axed my work this time on the "Chaos" of an image by transforming the normal lecture to a different one.

You make it spontaneous and feel how you don't follow the notice. You could compare it to the way one builds

an Ikea bookshelf and just does it however he wants, without using the instruction paper.

As in a dream you add more and more bricks to it, just the way you want.

I am sure of one thing, CHAOS PAYS is the show where I deconstructed the images

to the fullest and tried to paint stuff full colour and totally disorganized. 

I try to show that I am attracted by the chaos version of the everyday images we see. 

I just use a very primary way of saying chaos is beauty because it offers

a different point of view on this plastic world we don t even see anymore. 

It's about staying humble and keep on working till it feels natural to use

whatever tools to create an interaction between personal feelings and reality.



What influences your work in general?

I think I get a lot of different influences thru people I meet during travelling, regular people or artists, everyone with a personal and visionary view on how art makes them feel. I see the art world as a large platform of influences that I enter like a tourist: I observe, digest and compare with my opinion.


Painting on walls against working in a gallery. Is this a duality or rather a symbiosis?

All these questions about doing graffiti in the street with no permission versus doing official spaces, it is something very conceptual! The mass population doesn't always understand why someone with an education would deface a building with the will of 'not being beautiful' and paint a very rough graffiti on it. 'No taste for aesthetic or what?' they think.

So I play with the paradox of being an artist that is politically involved and also does official shows: this is a very complex statement.

It is a strong position to recognize graffiti as an act of political art. This opinion is based on expressing yourself where it's not expected and that makes it beautiful.

It is very hard to transfer this feeling in an indoor project, it's a good challenge.

But this is definitely the direction I take: I use the cartoon references, the vocabulary the 'illegal graffiti community' is using, but also 'zines, books, archive pictures of the city, to offer people a better global vision of what an artist of that kind nowadays is. 

Some are like me: on the edge of being fully marginal, but still interested in doing a composition to transmit passion, vision and poetry.






All images courtesy of New Image Art Gallery.

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