In the early twentieth century, France saw cubism emerge from simple lines, geometrical shapes, and a somber palette of colors. Cubists artists created a new form of art by decomposing natural forms and shapes and representing them through geometrical abstraction. The main point of this technique was to carry out a close examination and analysis of a single topic. Their aim was to stress all the possible perspectives of an object to create a multiple perspective rendition of it and give the spectator the freedom to create their own interpretations.
At the beginning, cubist art was characterized by the use of a limited range of dark colors like blacks, grays and ochers and almost no depth whatsoever. Later on, it adopted brighter colors and a range of different textures that added the illusion of dynamism. The lines and shapes evolved along with the artist's emotions. This movement primarily expresses feelings and emotions, and only in few occasions it has portrayed social or political issues.
Inspired by feelings as the baseline of cubism, Kim Roselier decided to give this movement a new twist that uses an empathic approach that focuses more on contemporary society and their issues.
He was born in France, and cubism was an important part of his life since his early childhood. He grew up to become one of the most renowned graphic designers, illustrators, and painters in Paris. His work has been featured in magazines and other types of print media. His personal project depicts human sexuality through simple lines, a dash of sarcasm and humor, and bright colors that also achieve graphic sophistication.
The difference between classic cubism and Roselier's is his way to translate his ideas in geometric forms. Not unlike important figures like Picasso, this Parisian artist paints a single perspective and applies the characteristic geometric touch of this artistic movement. However, color is what gives an impression of multiple perspective.
Roselier's intention is to adapt cubism to the way contemporary society expresses feelings. This means that, just like feelings inspired the creation of paintings in the past, Roselier's creations also represent feelings, but also include all those elements that accompany this age: love, heartache, sex, and pleasure.
What feelings overpower our imagination? Sometimes loneliness is accompanied by eroticism and, if we're lucky, meaningless sex. In these paintings and illustrations, we can see lovers lose all defenses and give in to each other, surrender to desire and lust, or also solitude after a one night stand.
Roselier's art reminds us of those nights we spent with someone without even knowing their names, or of that man or woman we try to keep alive in our memories because they took over our senses, but once we woke up they weren't there. From his perspective, love is also a passionate and carnal union.
He recently started to experiment with GIF formats, so that they could be properly appreciated through the Internet and digital devices. To upload an artwork can be frustrating for an artist, as images do not preserve the same quality as the work in physical format. Digital format can ruin many hours of creativity and hard work. But even so, Roselier is determined to make the best out of technological tools to sell his own work.
Roselier has taught us that the main reason why artistic movements have been created is to find ourselves reflected in every work. This is also a way to discover more things about ourselves and learn how to express our inner desires.
Translated by Andrea Valle Gracia