exhibition Mauvais PLis
exhibition Houille !
exhibition Nourrir le monstre
May 5 - June 16, 2007
For his first solo exhibition in the gallery, Killoffer presents a set of new black and white drawings.
Killofer is well known in the comic strip world.
Coming from Ecole Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré (Duperré higher school of applied arts), Killofer is one of the founders of “l’Association”, the cult publishing firm that wishes to go beyond the fanzine style in order to compose altogether literary works.
So, Killofer’s approach does not go for the usual concepts of the comic strip, such as series, character, adventure stories, but builds up a deeply personal way of expression, which is to be met in “Billet SVP!” (ticket, Please!), “Géométrie dans la poussière” ( Geometry on dust), “676 apparitions de Killofer”, ( Killofer’s 676 visions), “quand faut y aller” (when it is time to go), and we must not forget his regular contribution to the magazine “Lapin”.
He participated in the creation of the 4 opus, books by OuBaPo, Ouvroir de Bande dessinée Potentielle - workshop of potential comic strip - of which he has been an active member since it started in 1992. In the manner of Raymond Queneau’s workshop of potential literature (Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle), its authors determine writing and drawing constraints which result in strongly stimulating their creativenes. (A collective exhibition, entitled OuBaPo, was shown in Anne Barrault gallery in 2003).
But if this movement amounts to giving priority to narrative rather than to drawing, nevertheless Killofer has not given up the latter for the former, and his caring for the full artistic value of his drawing makes him different, so much that he composes books entirely without words, such as “la Clé des Champs” (running away).
With his drawing being pre-eminent , he could not but devote his talent to other fields. Thus he is commissioned for illustrations by newspapers such as le Monde, Libération, La Vie, Aden . In the same way, he has done the scenery and the costume for urban festivals.
Thanks to these many artistic experiences, Killofer’s drawing has an original position in contemporary art research.
sourire / smile, 2007