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Steph Cop, L'axe des y

Steph Cop L'axe des y, 2015

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Steph Cop, L'axe des y
  • Offered by the gallery

    Professional art gallery
    Chatillon - France

  • Authenticity

    Artwork sold with an invoice from the gallery

  • Signature

    Signed artwork

  • Medium

    Print : woodcut

  • Themes

    Street art

  • Support

    Print on Rives Artist & BFK Rives

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 21 copies

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    35.8 x 24.8 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Collector’s Guide

  • About the artwork

    L'axe des y is the first woodcut by Steph Cop, on Koméla's initiative.

    The story of this collaboration began more than 250 years ago in the Morvan Regional Natural Park where stood an oak-tree in the place called Les Granges. Naturally fell 2 years ago, its second life took the shape of a 3 meters high ARO that will be exposed by the David Bloch Gallery in Marrakech Biennale in 2016. From the scraps of this sculpture, a sixty kg wooden board was used retaining the ruggedness and flaws of the oak, whose most interesting side sports, with a certain paradox, an apparent flaw in opposition to the ARO structure.

    The surprises and constraints of the wood are a part of the strength and singularity of Steph Cop works, leading him each time to something unique. The wood guides the work, the matter decides. Each ARO corresponds to a vision of a moment. Proportions, angles, balance, calculations must be done again and again, forever.

    This woodcut is aligned with the evolution of the ARO to its abstraction. In constant research, this wood engraving follows on from numerous technical drawings that enable to find sculpture dynamics. As a landmark in space, three or four verticals were placed on the board. The construction appears. The idea is to recognize the ARO without seeing it, without seeing the volume. Realizing themselves in these shapes with regarded and repeated actions, as a music scale, the black movements represent the energy and gestures inherent to his sculptures, usually executed with a heavy and cumbersome tool.
    The most important feature : the axis of symmetry from which he started, bringing back the tree vertical.

    The creation of this wood engraving, besides the intense preparations, drawings and test board, used many unusual tools to Steph Cop. Wood chisels, router and reamer joined the chainsaw that appears twice as a nod to his monumental work.

    Finishing touches with a metal brush which opens the pores of the wood and a tactful sanding prepared the board for printing at Idem Paris.

    On a 19th century press, with a flawless precision, the centuries-old board was inked by hand in order to overcome the unevenness of the wood, thus offering prints all different form each other. A first run in blue ink marked the paper with the vertical which gives the name to this edition while a second, in black, printed the matrix of this oak, the history of this tree, the character of the ARO, the impact of Steph Cop.

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    • street art

    • woodcut


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Steph Cop

Born in: 1968


Steph Cop is a French artist born in 1968. Late 80's, Steph Cop was part of the first wave of the French graffiti movement. An activist in the "Control of Paris" group. He stood out by covering the fences of the Pyramides du Louvre, during its construction in 1986 and asserted his position as one of the artists of the graffiti movement. In 1992, he participated in the creation of the new trend, later defined as street-wear, through his brands « Homecore » and « Lady Soul ». In 1998, Steph moved onto the physical representation of the graphic world by creating one of the first « Art Toy » which his character Aro,and sold it worldwide.

Aro means "Analyze Obsessional Reflection". It has been giving tangible form since 10 years, to hundred year old trees fallen at the heart of their natural environment namely Morvan Park. This demanding raw material requires control and gentleness "Self-teaching and use of instinct amid forests. By dint of management, you sort them out, trace and cut them, powerful work in paradise, the silence of the machine's sound, amid hundred year old trees". Each piece takes its time and matures slowly. A natural creation, almost sacred where man's hand just needs to follow the traces left by time. A delicate lumberjack, despite the imposing tool, the end result is filled with sensitivity. All the pieces highlight the creator's emotions.

The artist's obsession leads him to create even more monumental works. In 2012, a giant oak tree of 600 years was restored and called Aro 5.0, a sculpture of five meters in height and weighed seven tons, it is now part of a private collection. Exhibited in several galleries around the world and present among prestigious collections, Aro symbolizes the emotions of its creator.
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