Julie Villard & Simon Brossard
The artist duo formed by Julie Villard and Simon Brossard was exhibited in May 2022 at the Acacias Art Center for the first group show of Reiffers Art Initiatives, entitled “DES CORPS LIBRES – Une jeune scène française”. Since their meeting at the Beaux-Arts de Cergy in 2016, the two artists have been practicing an art of metabolization whose forms are never final, always potentially reusable.
“The sculptures of Julie Villard and Simon Brossard, heralds of a post-human future” by Ingrid Luquet-Gad
— Numéro, 2021
The metabolization operation from which the sculptures proceed, conceived over the exhibitions like so many families, is a reflection of the work process of the artists: about “MENU”, their first solo exhibition at the Exo Exo gallery in Paris in 2018, they say they spent three months locked in a tiny bathroom, hands and feet in water, welding steel with wool. Even today, and even though the first 3D printed parts are appearing in their compositions, the manual production, and the investment of their bodies in the molding, modeling and sanding operations, remains crucial to the within a symbiotic distribution of roles.”
“Julie Villard & Simon Brossard, two aliens in the land of Art Nouveau ” by Julie Ackermann
— Beaux Arts, 2018
The alcohol. It is often through him that many stories begin. It is therefore without surprise thanks to him that the one of Julie and Simon begins. Not during a tryst or a party, but precisely through a bar (the furniture). While students at the Cergy art school, the two friends felt like organizing an exhibition to celebrate the end of the year: "To bring together works and people, we made a bar filled with wine . It was the trigger. Working together then became obvious, ”explains the duo. Since 2016, Julie and Simon have been sharing their hands and their brains."