The very sytagm street art in the case of the activity of Jordane Saget at the same time changes and maintains the initial meaning. The captivating in situ interventions or simply arabesques which the artist performs in open space are not only in function of beautification they are also interwoven with strong references from art history, particularly architecture. So, by inscribing these compositions on building entrances or metro stations, Saget seem to contribute to the further development of the urban landscape.
Jordane Saget was born in 1980 in Pithiviers, France. He is self-taught and the subway was an important step in the artist’s journey since the blank surfaces left during the renovation of stations offered a variety of supports and thus gave life to original and unique works. Besides the continuous fascination with the street, his work is also expressed on canvases, objects, and exteriors private and public buildings. Jordane Saget has collaborated with the notable Hotel Drouot, the mayor of the 1st arrondissement, the hotel Renaissance République at the request of Didier Gomez, Opéra Bastille, Orchester de Paris / Festival d’Automne, The Théâtre National de Chaillot, the Printemps Haussmann Homme, the CNRS and other houses and institutions.
This burgeoning artist does a simple preparation by blackening the pages of notebooks with lines before going out in the streets of Paris to cover the walls of his arabesques. The decision to use the chalk as the main tool is associated with his childhood memories. On the other hand, the inspiration may have come from the city’s rich ornaments and history of decoration in general which can be seen on each step. Therefore, the frescoes of Saget became ornamental and the trace is not ever predefined. Actually, each fresco has its unique curves and adapts to its space, and evolves through time and interaction of people.
During exhibition peculiar circuit titled Bizarro 2016, Jordane Saget decorated the mirrors of the Hotel, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a four hands artwork with Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. The artist gave up on this occasion the pen name J3 and presented his first geometrical paintings. On the other hand, Jordane Saget recently became dedicated to photography which reveals a new stage of his work: a game with the lights of the city, the hollow of the shadows, the ghost tracks of buildings and urban furniture.
The strategy of beautifying the city is more than just that since Saget performs a certain kind of mapping various transformations, disruptions, and betterments of Paris. Therefore, his practice can be considered as socially active due to whole insight in the modifications caused by the cultural and economical urges and requests. Always in a search for the new possible examination of the city’s day to night changes affected by various factors, Jordane Saget is a thorough researcher armed with immense patience and with a precise quest that has to be achieved.
Featured image: Portrait of Jordane Saget – image courtesy of Le Parisien
All images are courtesy of the artist