In the teeny tiny Galerie des Petits Carreaux in the 2e arrondissement is an exhibit featuring the art of emerging artists Léa Benetou, Pierre Budet and Chang-Yu Hsu. It could take you all of three minutes to get through it, but I'd implore you to spend some quality time getting to know the work of these up-and-comers.
Léa Bénétou's work of geometric, colorful and simple collages was not my absolute favorite, if only because I don't tend to connect with minimalist art like hers. However, Chang-Yu Hsu's series of delicate, surreally-colored nature portraits had me coming back over and over to gaze into each circular canvas and marvel at their individual and collective beauty. These simple scenes have a dreamy and entrancing quality that took a hold of me though I knew not why.
But the real star here was Pierre Budet (as my friend remarked, "Le meilleur de loin"). I admit that I only knew of this exhibition because Budet's sister is the French pop chanteuse Julie Budet of Yelle, and she promoted the exhibition on her Twitter. But I wasn't expecting to be so blown away by the stunning talent and searing humor in each of Pierre Budet's drawings.
His wall was plastered with a series of dozens of original drawings, each with a clever voice speaking to the experience of pop culture, technology, loneliness, politics, and expectations put upon an artist.
I kind of fell in love with him.
For sale at the gallery are assorted original postcards (an unusual souvenir to send home!), limited-edition Polaroid collages, and cardboard boxes containing an original piece by one of the artists. Might be a good idea to snap up something now while these artists are just beginning and are still cheap.
Go now and drown in this talent!
"À Paris Apparus"
Now through Wednesday, May 2 - Tue-Sat, 12-7pm
43 rue des Petits Carreaux (2e Arr.)
Métro: M3 to Sentier or M8/M9 to Bonne Nouvelle