Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art

Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art

Time passed, and his story rolls out, with Thomas Erber as the lead and a beautiful friendship which quickly transformed into an unstoppable pair pursuing an incredible idea. The scene is set in Brussels. More precisely, in the former embassy that’s been transformed into a workshop for artistic collaboration, an artist’ residence and a production space.The philosophy of the space is clear: placing emphasis on encounters, discovery and sharing across the art sphere. The large door is open to all people and all ideas, although photography was the starting point of the project, now many other mediums have been intermingled, sculpture, design, drawing and weaving have found their way into temporary exhibitions and also workshops designed for all kinds of tastes. For the past year, Farid Issa and Thomas Erber have put their heart and soul into this. The Atelier Relief has already housed the drawings of Ionna Vautrin, the stark images of Barbara Iweins, the sculptural explosions of Mathias Kiss, the Parisiennes of Sonia Sieff or the psychedelic universe of Studio KRJST. For everyone visiting Brussels, Atelier Relief is a mandatory path.

Atelier Relief, rue Vilain XIIII 20 – 1050 Bruxelles.

Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art

Farid, who is behind Atelier Relief?

Farid

We are all here, in the front, visible and smiling! There is Farid, who found Thomas, who found Sam. Then, Estelle, Momo, Matthieu D, Mathieu Z, Morgane and Tsuvasa arrived.

How was the idea of this project born?

Farid

From a relatively simple assessment. Pictures are more present than ever in our lives, and yet, there are only two options: it can be printed or stocked. The idea is to become an alternative to these two options, by creating and producing “Reliefs” (meaning “reliefs”), sculptural variations of a picture.

What’s the view offered by Atelier Relief?

Thomas

To show and work on pictures differently. To give it a new, sculptural and architectural dimension. To see the picture as an architect would see the place, to build volumes, perspectives, to play with patterns and materials. We like the phrase “pictorial architecture” to define what we do. It’s not a coincidence if, in Atelier Relief team, we were all trained as architects!

Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art

For how long have you been here? Can you tell us more about this house?

Farid

We opened Atelier Relief on 18th June 2015. It’s as if the house had called us. It was perfect: corner house, a small garden in front of it, a lot of space in the basement for the workshops and storage. It was not the most beautiful in the street, but the most singular one. It looks like no other in the neighbourhood – just like us -, and, like our project, it comes from somewhere else.

How are the spaces organised? Do you have artists living here?

Thomas

In the 1st floor, there is the creation studio where Estelle, Matthieu D and Morgane draw the reliefs. In the basement, there are the workshops, where Mathieu Z and Momo make them. In the ground floor, the gallery where we organise different exhibitions and all sorts of events: screenings, private concerts, karaoke not improvised at all, session of cacaotherapy (well once only… and not twice) but also underground parties! In the second and third floors, the artists’ residence. This is where people we work with for a project live.

Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art

Tell us about how you take the Reliefs pictures: how do you work?

Thomas

First the picture. It’s what inspires and leads us (the budget as well, of course!). For a given project, we sit and think about the format, materials and patterns. Then, we design. We refine. We talk to the production team and discuss the feasibility of the project. We send all this to the photographer for approval. Once everyone is happy with it, the project goes down to the basement and is produced!

Who are the photographers you are working with?

Farid

They are a lot and more and more numerous. From the very beginning, we have been very lucky to work with photographers who liked the project, which was not that obvious. After all, even if we don’t distort photography, we manipulate and transform it. They had to trust us when we were just starting. But the results impressed them, both for its creative side and the quality of the production. Among them, there are Claude Gassian, Michel Figuet, Elina Kechicheva, Marcel Hartmann, Serge Najjar, Sonia Sieff, Olivier Truyman, Sophie Bramly and a lot more.

What are your projects for the future?

Farid

Keep designing and producing new reliefs, try new things (the opportunities are unlimited), convince even more photographers until the day when, for their pictures, they would choose to do something else than print or stock it and call or email us to make a relief out of it!

Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art
Atelier Relief, a New Perspective on Art

Credits: Eve Campestrini @thesocialitefamily

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