An Exclusive Interview With RÉMY BOND
Art Market|Issue #56 February 2021
It is a pleasure to interview one of the rising stars in today's contemporary art field, a surprising artist, full of vision, with incredibly unique and sophisticated artworks! Rémy Bond, born in 1983 in Paris, France, dreamed of becoming an astronaut.
IDA SALAMON

As a child, he fantasized about soaring through the black vacuum of space, traveling to distant stars, bounding across the lunar soil, and contemplating the beauty of planet Earth in complete stillness.

Beyond the sun, beyond the ethers, beyond the confines of the starry spheres.

Today Rémy's dream-life has grown into a massive body of creative works of art, made in a high-quality technique, featured in special exhibitions in collaboration with NASA; it takes us into the hallucinatory universe animated by paintings and sculptures of a rare beauty strike us with their essential and pure esthetic quality. The goal is to transport us to a place where time is simply suspended, and conventional modes of perception are disrupted.

Rémy's lunar work uses contemporary codes while questioning the seemingly universal idioms of advertising and pop culture. Commonplace images and objects of our consumerist society are reconfigured in the search for a poetic meaning... Rémy appropriates and radically transforms these symbols, propelling us into a dimension of experience beyond that of our everyday routines.

Remy's artworks shuttle us into a new lunar universe. At the project's core is a series of gigantic portraits of pop culture icons, which appear dressed in NASA space suits, surrounded by cosmic landscapes, whether imaginary or monochromatic. Through these lysergic displacements of imagery, Rémy pays discreet homage to these giants of the public imagination while at the same time questioning their status and influence in our society.

Through his Art and creativity, Rémy encourages us to fulfill our own childhood dreams by inviting us into a sort of surreal embassy of the imaginary lunar world on a trajectory envisioned by the poet Charles Baudelaire,

Beyond the sun, beyond the ethers, beyond the confines of the starry spheres.

An Exclusive Interview With RÉMY BOND

BY IDA SALAMON

ART MARKET MAGAZINE: Thank you, Remy, for this fascinating interview. Before we start talking about your special exhibition at the Kennedy Space Center in April 2018, and your latest outstanding project of sculptures, let's first talk about your background in Art. How did it all begin? Did you study Art, and did you come from an artistic family?

REMY BOND: Thank you for having me; it's a pleasure having this interview. I grew up in Paris, I had the chance to be surrounded by Art all my life.

Being a Parisian is like living in a museum, surrounded by architecture, sculptures, and history in every corner street.

I have always been very sensitive and curious, trying to understand the meaning of Art and being continuously connected by spending all my summers at the Tuileries garden, using Paris as a playground. As a child, I remember running after the ducks around the fountain or playing around the Louvres' sculptures in regular everyday life. I was surrounded by arts all the time and became so aware and connected.

I saw these gigantic paintings and sculptures made by masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Eugène Delacroix, Michelangelo, Antonio Canova, or Rodin... and I definitely grew as an artist with this passion for discovery, mostly for putting my emotions through creativity. Inspired by this connection with the Renaissance's greatness. I discovered Art's power, the motion of space and time behind the paintings and sculptures that I was so fascinated about. The Renaissance was and still is the most incredible Art period; those artists' genius is timeless.

I studied arts in Paris, I was definitely a free spirit student! Looking back, I think that the only thing I really took from the fine art school and that I really use every day is to use the right tools. I remember one of my art teachers continually telling me all day and every time he saw me working at the studio, Remy, use the right tool! the right brush! be professional!. this never leaves me. Today, my creativity uses the right tools, the best materials I can find; I'm working with the best Maitre d'art in the world. But if we go deeper to the background, to my childhood, My father was a chef and a photographer in his free time; I always saw him with photo and video equipment, high-quality gear that I was playing with. My mother is a seamstress, So I believe my artistic DNA comes from both of them.

A.M.: Your main focus in the painting's series is gigantic portraits of pop culture icons, celebrities who appear dressed in NASA spacesuits, surrounded by cosmic, imaginary, or monochromatic landscapes. Tell us where this inspiration and muse came from?

R. B.: My Art has this notion of Spacetime, which connects the passing and the future. I like the idea of taking the past and bring it into the future. This is something core in my Art. I like to use Art as the bond, this link of connection, between a dream and reality, between the past and the future. It's definitely something emotional and absolutely not in a materialist way. I don't believe sculptures or paintings are really important; this is what is behind... the will, the soul of the artist, the transcendental emotions that we can get from. And of course, the information about the period gives us the ability to understand the bigger picture and the more profound life stories.

A.M.: In 2018, you had a solo exhibition in collaboration with NASA at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. A beautiful show where you featured a series of paintings. How did this collaboration with NASA start?

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