Society’s Default with SLip
Written by Franz Depangi All Images courtesy of SLip

SLip is one of those artists that you just root for and root for really hard.  He is an honest individual that was literally saved by a computer because the computer helped him create a whole world that was out of reach from his bare hands.  The mouse is his pen and the screen is his canvas and with these he masterfully creates artistic surrealist collages that rattle the mind and spur celestial thoughts.  Through his collages, SLip states that he proposes a fantasy world where animals go to work, tyrants confront their adolescent issues and femmes fatales have problems with makeup. This vision of the universe in which we live puts an interesting focus on parts neglected by history and becomes a breeding ground for imagination.

“I only use a computer. Without a mouse in my hand, I can’t …”

Please tell us a little about yourself – your childhood, siblings, where you grew up, what you liked as a child, strange thoughts as a child/now, unique attributes, where you live now, etc.?

I’m a 40 year old father of 2 boys living in Lyon, France. I had a classic childhood without strange thoughts (not more than anybody else I mean) and I started working on artwork after my introduction to computer science. I discovered then that we can do a lot with a computer even if you can’t with a pen or a pencil.

What does your art and art in general mean to you?

It’s a way to say things I can’t formalize. I always try to give sense to my work. It deals often with society’s default settings. Art can be seen as a form of therapy for me. When I get sad, I have to make a new art … Everyday …

How do you describe your form of art?

You can call it Collage, you can find it Surreal. Either way, it is fine with me.

What tools do you use for the creation of your work and how did you create your personal style?

I only use a computer. Without a mouse in my hand, I can’t do anything. I started more than a decade ago, trying to help friends to make a poster for a gig. Then I discovered a new world, finding pics on internet, cutting and pasting them in different ways and places. After having fun making these collages, I try to put more sense into my work. I have never been able to really draw, so my “style” comes from my constraints.

What is the worst critique you have ever received about your work? What is the best compliment that you have received about your work?

It’s difficult to remember the worst and the best critiques I have gotten.  I really don’t have words or names that come to mind. The worst are always critiques of people close to me. It’s always disappointing to feel your closest friends don’t understand what you mean or sometimes find it shallow. The best is probably every time I receive an email acceptance for collaboration. Being in NY’s Guggenheim Store for Paperwallet is a huge compliment to me.

Since Style.No.Chaser is a men’s lifestyle magazine, what attributes/items/clothing /etc. do you think define a man?

I’m not really into fashion or paying attention to what I wear but there is only one thing I always examine on people – sneakers.  Even though I don’t collect sneakers, I always try to find vintage shoes. It helps me remember my 80’s childhood.

What is your personal life philosophy?

Work hard, it will pay.

Who dead or alive, celebrity or not, artist or not, would you like to go on a two week road trip with and why?

It’s a no brainer (especially if I am not taking my family).  I will take my long-time buddy Benn. We will make this two week trip an artistic project. It will be a mix of video, audio, photography and artworks.

How can people learn more about your current and upcoming works?

People can follow me on Facebook or on my website. Right now, besides my artworks published on my website twice a week, I’m involved in a global project around a band called OH BOY!. We just put out an EP called the Fall.

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