Interview with Ludo, a street artist well known for his "Nature's Revenge" wheatpastes.
Where do you come from? Tell us about your beginnings…
I grew up in the suburbs of Paris and then came to Paris at 18 to go to college. Having trouble just listening to a professor without doing anything, I wanted a change of air and went to Italy with just a backpack. Then, after seeing what I wanted, I decided that I belonged to an “art” school…
I started street art later with the simple desire to express something personal without any pretense.
FC: How would you define your style and your way of working?
I don’t know if I have a style, I try to make myself happy first and I do things only if I want to.
I love mixing different techniques, such as acrylic, silk-screening, cutting and even photocopy.
Also, I’m not good with a bomb, so I try to use it the least possible.
FC: What are your sources of inspiration?
Everywhere, what’s around me, what I see…
FC: Are you part of a crew? Do you work often with other artists?
No, no crew.
FC: What is your best and your worst creation?
Probably the first piece I made. The best, because the first, the pleasure to go out there with my gear and really pursue an idea to the end. The worst, because the first he he…
FC: What are your tastes in music, movies or books?
I’m pretty open about everything. I like what’s difficult for me to assimilate the first time I listen to it, like Boards of Canada, for example, or Death in Vegas, or a good classic Beastie Boys or even Jeff Buckley.
For the movies, it’s quite simple, I don’t go to the movies and I’m more the type to rent quiet DVDs to watch with my wife on Sunday. The kind of movie that allows you to go pee and still understand the movie …
The little I read focuses on art in general.
FC: Do you think your creations must be something that should be preserved or do you think that their purpose is precisely to be ephemeral?
I think that anyway, if you put something on a wall out there, creation is ephemeral. Whether it’s the weather or our friends in the town hall, the piece will disappear but it’s the game.
The pieces that I put in the street are made to exist as such and to integrate into the environment, they are there for a short time, and it’s good this way!
FC: What kind of reaction would you like your art to evoke in people? Apart from the thoughts about our relationship with nature and the weapons? Can you explain, for example, what message you want to convey through this or that work?
Probably a certain humility, recognize that some things are beyond us and that we must respect what we are offered.
Nature is one of the things that we have completely neglected because of our pride or our ego and which we have to deal with now.
FC: How do you find the names of your pieces of work?
I love it, just like scientists who make a new discovery; I name my designs by mixing different terms. Sometimes it’s a success; other times, I’m probably the only one to laugh…
I find the names everywhere, often in song lyrics or in the newspapers.
FC: Describe a typical day of Ludo…
It’s not very amazing and at the moment it’s depends on my first baby’s bottles.
FC: Your work uses different medias, but what’s your favorite and why?
Without any hesitation, acrylic for the texture and the material and the lacerated posters for the chaos and dynamism.
I would love to have time later to try more oil.
FC: Name some artists that you respect and whose work you appreciate
I’m a fan of Bast. Otherwise I love the work of Zevs and Os Gemeos. More classical, there’s Villeglé and Georges Mathieu.
In Paris right now, pieces of Horfe and Bonom and are really really great.
Back from London, the gigantic pieces of Sweet Toof impressed me very much…
FC: What are your plans for the future?
I just realized one of the projects that I would really enjoy is a trip to London to go stick something out there. I hope to keep moving and go to Brooklyn and Berlin perhaps.
To improve my work is also super important, learn new techniques, and find new places…
FC: What is your ultimate goal?
No ultimate goal; it would be depressing to reach it, and I would stop.
FC: Dedications, or a few words to add?
Thanks to my wife for her patience, to let me take time to have fun and to bear my “nicely dirty” come backs home.