At the crossroads of contemporary dance, circus and painting, Jonathan Foussadier aka Jhon Fou multiplies forms of expression. With one obsession: the body. His exhibition of drawings “Nokia” will be visible from July, 22, in Providence Guéthary.
“I am the hidden son of Picasso and Robert Combas,” jokes the tall blonde with curly hair. At 33, Jonathan Foussadier has more than one string to his bow. After a training in the circus arts in Toulouse, he devoted himself to contemporary dance and painting with his deliberately naive style and playing with the movements of the human body. This Getariar of adoption discovered the Basque Country more than ten years ago and has chosen to exhibit his works today at Providence Guéthary as of July, 22.
In the American « bad painting » movement, which includes Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, Jhon Fou is looking for a communion of bodies that would pass through the social, as evidenced by his first form of artistic expression: graffiti. “In the street, you inevitably connect with people who passes by and it fascinates me,” he explains. At the age of fifteen, he who signs Fooz under his mural frescoes went to Paris, Lyon and later to Beirut and Rio, to create.
“The fantasy of the dancer who dreams of being able to contort in every way”
His flagship character? The one that fits into another, itself embedded in a third and so on. This contact of the bodies constitutes the high point of his artistic research, both in dance and painting. Jonathan Foussadier has chosen to call his exhibition “Nokia” in Providence, referring to the slogan of the famous mobile phone brand : « connecting people ».
Fun and naive are words that often return in his mouth to describe his work, where one finds flattened colors and repetitive drawings, including his famous characters nested in each other. “This coincides with the fantasy of the dancer who dreams of being able to contort in every way,” claims the Parisian whose imagination ignores all likelihood to represent those shapeless bodies that send themselves in the air.
Fond of collaborative works, Jonathan Foussadier hopes to be able to create inside the exhibition space in Providence and involving the visitors. “What if we intertwined with each other? “He suggests. It is up to you…