LOVE ME MONSTER
Curated by Martina Corbetta
Date: June 18th, 2015/July 23rd, 2015
Opening: June 18th, 2015 @PM
Love me monster is a solo exhibition by Lucas Beaufort; it is curated by M. Corbetta. Beaufort is a French artist, he was born in Cannes in 1981 and he is showing in Italy for the first time telling his story through a complete exhibition of his various art works.
Rue James Grant Milne is the street where he grew up and the place of a child with a bright mind. It is the setting where monsters, figments of surreal imagination came alive in a chimerical and illusory way. Scared, but at the same time fascinated by Sam Raimi’s horrors films – Samuel Marshall Raimi famous director of Ghost House and the Spider Man Series -, Beaufort is the director of his own imagination. He is tormented by creatures that live in his mind and through slim, continuous lines he fulfils his desire and need to create his monsters. The essence of the figures goes beyond the illusion and becomes real.
Rue James Grant Milne isn’t only an artistic inspiration, it is the street where his biggest passion was born: skateboarding. Beaufort’s monsters invade magazine covers. Colourful and gaudy they contaminate the photographs and they win the scene over alongside top international skaters. Andrew Reynolds, Arto Saari, Chris Haslam, Geoff Rowley, Jim Greco, Lance Mountain, Mark Gonzales, Nassim Guammaz, Neen Williams, to name a few. These athletes share their cover stories with mysterious entities which can be fans, or only spectators.
In 2013 Beaufort’s Recover project was born, a project that, thanks to the success of covers from publications such as Kingpin, Onboard, Sidewalk, Skateboarder, Skateboarding, The Skateboard Mag, Sugar e Thrasher, it is a compendium of his most famous works in a limited edition of 430 copies.
Love me monster proposes a complete vision of Beaufort’s artistic path, from the Thrasher cover with Darrell Stanton, to the portrait with the covered face of Geoff Rowley (Ph. Davy Van Laere) and from his first sketches to the final works.
From Elvis’s ballad Love me tender to Beaufort’s Love me monster pictorial version. He tells his story through today easily recognizable images and signs, describing and revealing a true passion.