JO&JOE Open House, first and foremost, is a place for people to connect. It’s a place where an open and friendly atmosphere welcomes everyone, both travellers and local residents, so they can share authentic experiences and relax together.
It was a natural choice for JO&JOE to work with graffiti artists to give a new look to this former printing works in Gentilly, which is now renovated and operating as a new living space.
There are many different facets to urban art, and the same can be said of a JO&JOE open house.
Urban art removes the barriers from spaces and environments and creates a special atmosphere where everyone can feel comfortable eating, sleeping, having fun or working, depending on what they’re looking for!
The art unleashes entire universes of expression, through the site’s structure, internal architecture and decor.
The purpose of the design is to surprise, to make people smile and to provide a unique look for this cool, welcoming living space, where families, friends and solo travellers can enjoy spending their time.
His style has been called ‘symbolist pop surrealism’ and is a union of the French and Belgian style of clear lines in comic strips, the artistic trends of the early 20th century and academic drawing.
Attracted by the creative freedom of the JO&JOE project, his idea was to take the ‘passengers’ of the open house along on a journey to undreamt-of universes, intertwined with dreams and poetry.
As her projects developed, she discovered a passion for mural painting, which offers more freedom for experimentation and the chance to leave the world of art studios behind and meet other artists out in the real world.
Her style aims to puncture the usual aesthetic canons.
Her work features elderly people who are full of vitality, to show that there is no age limit on having fun, just like at JO&JOE.
He uses a pencil and bright colours for his creations, which feature references to his favourite things in life: skateboarding, music and the culture of the underground.
Rick Lee believes that art adds style to the places he decorates, giving them their own identity.
With gigantic reproductions of his work on the facade, walls and bar of JO&JOE, it is clear he’s achieved his aim.
Hugely inspired by the symbols and drawings of ancient civilisations, such as the Egyptians, the Mayan people and the Celts, his creations bear the traces of decorative calligraphy mingled together with imagery taken from nature and spirituality.
He hopes his work will prompt conversation and enquiry and encourage people to share their thoughts.This vision is shared by JO&JOE, whose primary aim is to (re)create connections.
Morne grew up on the streets.
In the 1990s, that was where he discovered graffiti, in skateboard culture. Both worlds share the desire to make the street their own and are linked by urbex and a strong sense of belonging to a community.
Here at JO&JOE, he is not just decorating a living space. He is taking part in a permanent art gallery, and offering back to the area where he grew up a little bit of what it gave him.
Sueb is guided by aesthetics, above all else. He changes people’s perceptions of a space by starting with a wall that is, at first, just any old wall, and therefore invisible, and bringing it to life with an artwork. For JO&JOE, his eclectic inspiration has led him to use the Milky Way to pep up the subdued atmosphere of the corridors and the ‘Girl Power’ phenomenon to blow a hole right through the patriarchal cliché of 1950s pop art.
An explorer of different artistic worlds from a young age, Oji started out writing rap. He fell in love with drawing after he stayed in hospital several times in his twenties. Drawing helped him through his periods of convalescence, and through this experience he became a full-time artist.
Freedom of ideas is exactly what lies at the heart of his creations: there is no barrier to the exploration of new inspirations. He refuses to have just one defined style.
In Oji’s view, changing the way a space is perceived through the colours and the subjects shown arouses curiosity and excites emotions.
In Kelkin’s view, having other people look at your work is what ends up making you an artist, eventually. Given the choice, he prefers to call himself an Artist-Craftsman-Painter. He has a deep thirst for creating and is constantly exploring new aspects within art, and in his own art in particular.
L’objectif de Kelkin est d’insuffler une énergie particulière au lieu où il peint. Pour lui, cette chambre « OOO out of ordinary» est une annexe, un prolongement de la rue.
Everything started for Difuz when he was around 14 years old and was sentenced to community service for illegal graffiti. That didn’t stop him from continuing on his chosen path. Nowadays he is regularly exhibited at art galleries, and Difuz seeks, just as he did when he was starting out, to expand his knowledge of the practices and rules of street art. What he likes is to tell stories, and his creative contribution at JO&JOE has let his imagination run free.