Julien Langendorff

Julien Langendorff

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1982
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I love Julien Langendorff because Julian loves rock n roll. He's a rock n roll songwriter in the truest sense. He's an artist in love with rock n roll. He's a rock n roll animal. He loves love and writes love songs, the signifiers flaring, flashing, flowing off paper pages of passion, romance, sex and grace. These are his notes. Julien makes music, love and worship. His tools are the guitar and amp in his heart, his heart the light on the page where the score is love. Feminine beauty is all. The artist in love with the high art of rock n roll, the vision of the rock n roll animal is in the room. This is the energy of God and passion where rock n roll as united duology comes. The artist in love, with love, sees love, the rock n roll artist animal comes to share, to save the day. For now the artist is musician is angel. This is our music. 

Thurston Moore
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Des cartes mentales, mythologiques, astronomiques, sacrées, déchirées, assemblées lors d’une prise de conscience subite de l’ordre invisible du monde. Enfant de la balle sorti d’un film de Jodorowsky, double astral d’un rire de Keith Richards — rire maléfique, malicieux, qui calme une légion d’anges ennuyés — Julien traverse les imaginaires sans se soucier de leur cohérence. Il répond au magnétisme des planètes qui semblent parler à travers lui, et visite les arcanes du Sens.

Ses collages font appel à différentes techniques : peinture à la bombe, papiers découpés, ciselés, ou arrachés, provenant de magazines vintages érotiques, occultes, entre autres raretés. Ses pièces jouent sur la juxtaposition de symboles, et apparaissent comme une version moderne du jeu de tarots. Un univers en soi, reminiscent des premiers étés adolescents où l’on pouvait passer une après-midi entière reclus dans le grenier, plongé dans un univers mystérieux et initiatique, à l’abri du bruit et des images vides.

La femme est la seule entité humaine visible dans ses rituels cataclysmiques. Elle est la seule qui active une myriade de pôles magiques : entre l’initiation et l’envoûtement, entre la chair et les éléments, là où la lame froide et la peau se touchent, ce moment apocalyptique où le volcan sacré et les astres communiquent une dernière fois.

Malgré une fascination pour les signes du Mal, une candeur persiste. Peut-être est-ce du à la technique qu’il utilise: l’art d’assembler, de coller, suggère un recul de l’artiste vis-à-vis de son sujet. Contrairement au peintre, qui s’associe de façon organique avec son sujet par son choix des pigments, des formes, de la matière donc; le collagiste emprunte et flirte aussi avec la chance, qui par là devient sa distance, sa bouée. Alors les lames et les lances du rituel — au cœur de son travail — s’éloignent et s’adoucissent.

Comme chez Jodorowsky ou Kenneth Anger, l’art devient une alchimie du rêve — et je bois le calice jusqu'à la lie. La fragilité devient une force, comme le papier qu’il déchire, les images qu’il juxtapose pour ouvrir la boite intérieure qui détient la clef du cauchemar. La beauté et le sens s’opposent, se brûlent, puis s’apprivoisent. Le sens est d’autant plus fort que la plaie est béante. Le Mal dort, le Bien écoute, la vision s’évapore, mais une épée peut frapper à tout moment. Le sang va jaillir. Les hanches de la victime sacrifiée s’offrent et ma tête tourne. Pourtant, un genou à terre, je suis sur le point de me rendre. Ces forces occultes, diffuses, me tétanisent, je vais céder. Alors un écho musical se fait entendre dans le lointain. Je ne suis pas seul. Je serre les dents. Je lève la tête. Les titans rient sous leurs casques. Leurs longues capes me coupent. Je me redresse et leur brise la nuque. Je vaincs mes pires cauchemars chaque nuit.

Les collages de Julien sont comme les talismans qui nous protègent. Avec eux, nos cauchemars goûtent plus pleinement au sel de la terre, à la force de l’univers.

Alexandre Stipanovich
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Julien Langendorff's work is not only pleasant to look at it is inspired, prolific, and thought provoking ……. his work has the beautiful simplicity and sensibility of an immobile wanderer……..he's obviously been everywhere he's ever wanted to be in his mind and experienced every journey to it's fullest capacity collecting memorabilia that speaks to his various trips an travels and when fucked with in physical form tells the tales of his fantastical journeys….juxtaposing, not juxtaposing,humorous, and serious and once again inspired. Collage art is so ubiquitous and tossed together by tumblr trolls on the regs these days but Julien is no hunter gatherer but a time traveler and that's what sets him apart (along with a myriad of other traits) makes him a badass and totally legit in my book.

Jennifer Herrema
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Julien Langendorff has harnessed that precious, uninhibited, axiom, of sheer-punk and transgressive juvenescence. I love all he does and he can do no wrong..ever. His work illuminates the psyche and internal run on sentence, of a beautifully complicated artist who cuts bone deep, through the guff of the disconnected, 21st Century, pus n poop, and what emerges, is an intense and very urgent, transcendence of a raw and unrestrained, truth telling, oracular youth, who has gone fucking mad through a psychotronic wormhole, and then returning, intact, more radiant than ever, to tell his tales.

Jonathan Caouette
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I’ve always been a bit jealous of people who are able to paint and draw well. It’s not easy to write about drawings or paintings, they seem to be even more personal than photographs or video clips because they are so many things funneled into one image that is completely controlled and original.

Below is a short list of some places that my mind goes when i see Julien’s.
-the best parts of saturday morning cartoons, with all the shitty parts stripped away.
-the movie KRULL always sitting at the video rental store on VHS but i was too young to rent it.
-the feeling of what it might be like to get tasered.
-dark places mixed with light ones, literallly and figuratively.
-being covered in sweat and falling in dirt, but maybe colorful dirt.
-colored rocks at the bottom of a fish tank.

It seems that a lot of artists (myself included) are attracted to counter culture groups from the past; hippies, goths, satanists, etc. I’m not sure why these movements still resonate today. Is it because we haven’t had anything comparable in very recent times? Sometimes it feels like we are living in a time when it’s all about the same, everything has been referenced so much that it has all become dust and the peace sign has about as much meaning as the swastica. I’m not saying this in a negative way, i think it’s kind of exciting. For me these works create that feeling, they reference several times and things but still completely fresh. It’s like starting all over.

Peter Sutherland

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Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 Gutter Magik, Red Bull Space gallery, Paris
2015 Neon Ash Path, Galerie du Jour Agnès b., Paris
2014 Tiptoe Through The Other Side, agnès b. gallery, Hong Kong
2013 Spellbound, Spiteful, A Wild Wind, -curated by Max Snow, the Surf Lodge, Montauk
2012 Sniffin Glitter In The Afterworld, galerie du jour agnès b., Paris
2012 Goddess Fuzz Fantasy, Agnès b. gallery, New York
2010 Songs Across The Void, Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris
2010 Black Mirrors, Wieden + Kennedy Gallery, Amsterdam
2010 Black Mirrors, Fat Galerie, Paris
2009 The Ritual Key, Galerie du Jour Agnès b., Paris
2008 Solar Disturbance, Fat Galerie, Paris
2007 Rise Of The Golden Dawn, Random Gallery, Paris
2006 Curfew, France Fiction Galerie, Paris
2005 The Random Rites Of Loneliness, Un Regard Moderne, Paris

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 Summer Show, galerie Olivier Robert, Paris
2016 Freux Follets, BBB, Toulouse
2015 Let’s Panic, Melet Mercantile, Montauk
2015 LAM/ Lille Museum, Lille
2013 The Black Moon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2013 Drawing Now – Salon du Dessin Contemporain/ Galerie du Jour agnès b., Paris
2013 Henri’s Dream, Galerie Olivier Robert, Paris
2012 Musique Plastique, Agnès b. arts center, Hong Kong
2011 3rd Athens Biennale ‘Monodrome’, -curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, Athens
2011 Salon de Montrouge, La Fabrique, Montrouge
2011 Musique Plastique, Galerie du Jour Agnès b., Paris
2010 YIA, Miami Art Fair, Miami
2010 Video Violence, The International House, Philadelphia
2010 Two Person Show, Galeria de Muerte, Tokyo
2010 Summer Show, Fat Galerie, Paris
2010 Killing Myself For The Perfect Honey Moon, Cobra Libros, Buenos Aires
2009 Spirit Assembly, Waiting Room Gallery, Tokyo
2009 12 Figures, Fat Galerie, Paris
2008 Where Is It Slowly Going?, Cinders Gallery, New York
2007 The Porch Show, Cinders Gallery, New York
2007 Barefoot/Bad Omen, performance w/ Herman Dune, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2007 These Bagels Are Gnarly, Cinders Gallery, New York
2006 Dirty Hands, Cinders Gallery, New York
2006 Barefoot/Bad Omen, Galerie A.A.A, Paris