Illustrator of the month : Interview of VLF Studio
Do you remember the first picture (illustration) you’ve ever taken (made)? What was it? Would you mind sharing it with us ?
Antoine : We work mostly with photography and text, but for a more abstract or illustrative production, I think about this poster for the Capuchin Art Center (Embrun). Dedicated to stay inside the exhibition, it is both a work of art and graphic order.
Thomas : I still love this picture of a cactus (without thorns) taken in Antoine’s room when we were still students.
Does music inspire your work?
A: We always listen to music while working, and we also spend a lot of time looking for new music. So yes definitely.
T: The music but also the album covers, the clips that were on television and especially the band’s T-shirts.
If your art was a song, what would it be? Why?
A: For me it’s impossible to sum everything up to one song, and that’s the idea that best reflects our work based on collaborations. So the song would be different for each interlocutor and each project.
T: Without trying to compare with our work, I’ve always been fascinated by Laurie Anderson’s song ‘O Superman’.
Laurie Anderson - O Superman
If you could shoot/draw one artist for its album cover, who would it be? Why?
A: Again not easy to choose, but I admire many artists like Bjork for their ability to constantly reinvent their visual universe. Otherwise I think of David Byrne, who has just announced the upcoming release of a new album …
T: It’s mostly a matter of opportunity, producing a surprising visual for someone high-profile is always an interesting idea, the White Album of the Beatles is a very good example, disarming simplicity.
Is there a song on Kitsuné Musique you think would have been great for you to depict?
A: It’s been a long time now, but probably ‘Moonlight’ by Digitalism.
T: ‘Hustler’ by Simian Mobile Disco, it is a great track.
Now that you have linked your pictures (illustrations) with music, what other art would you like to explore?
A: Since the beginning, we have tried various fields: graphic design, film, sculpture, 3d … It’s all about finding people with whom to engage in an interesting discussion, whatever the canal.
T: I dream of doing a compilation called “Dirty A’capella”. I bumped into a bank of A Capellas by Rae Sraemmurd and others vocoded songs. Without a beat, the vocoder fas a brutal side that I appreciate because it reminds me ‘O Superman’.