The Screen Family (Linus, Dot, Pixie & Random Screen) 

The Screen Family (Linus, Dot, Pixie & Random Screen)

About the artist

Thomas Couderc — Clément Vauchez

TC: 36 - CV: 35

Born / works
TC: Perpignan / Montreuil - CV: Lons-le- Saunier / Montreuil

Education / Career
TC: BTS certificate in visual communications / freelance graphic designer / La Bonne Merveille collective (2002-2007) / Helmo (2007-2013)
CV: BTS certificate in visual communications / LSS typography / graphic designer for agency Gédéon / La Bonne Merveille collective (2002-2007) / Helmo (2007-2013)

Started working
TC: 1999
CV: 2001


How would you describe your style?
We could describe our approach with a few characteristics: overprints, successive layers, composite arrangements, complexity, overlapping, screen-printing…
And a few concepts: confrontation, simultaneity, dual interpretation, temporality, mutation, variation, successive reformulation…

What are your main sources of inspiration (artists, graphic designers, etc.)?

We like François Morellet, Tomi Ungerer, Duane Michals, Giotto, Sol LeWitt, Pierre Huyghe, Flannery O’Connor, Booba, Andrei Tarkovsky, Anders Petersen, Bruno Munari, Ingmar Bergman, Riad Sattouf… in no particular order, and the list could be much longer…

What can you tell us about the two works on display at ArtLigue?

They juxtapose and confront fields / subjects we like to bring together: photography (of reality) along with geometry, figuration and abstraction. They can be interpreted in two ways, either simultaneous or consecutive, depending on the distance from which you view the work.

What was the creative process for these works? Is it consistent with your usual approach?

Do you use different creative methods depending on the nature of the project (artistic, commission, experimental)?
Our creative process is the same for artistic projects and commissioned work. It’s always the result of “constraints”. Art and graphic design are not disciplines of “free-roaming imagination”, as some longstanding romanticized ideas would have it, but rather a constructive confrontation with constraints, both external (commissions, specifications, technical production...) or internal (methods of creation, rules of the game…).

What is your view on graphic design today?

There’s a lot of it around, for better or for worse… Interestingly, graphic creation is tending towards globalization: a lot of stuff ends up looking alike… more and more images, less and less uniqueness.

Do you believe there is a boundary between visual arts and graphic design? If so, where would you place it?
Should graphic design be included in the arts, or does it already belong there?
If there’s a boundary at all, it’s highly porous. A graphic designer is an “applied artist”: he translates what the commission requires into images. But like any other performer, he can’t help but contaminate the message with his own subjectivity, vision, political and aesthetic beliefs. Graphic design, as an applied art form, therefore falls within the scope of art in the broadest sense, along with design, architecture or fashion... It’s a debate we try not to go into that much: it often generates (im)postures and questions of legitimacy... We practice graphic design with an artist’s approach, and art with a graphic designer’s approach. It’s very French to always try to drive a wedge between applied arts and visual arts. In that sense, we feel close to artists/designers like El Lissitzky, Bruno Munari, Paul Rand, Tomi Ungerer… who crossed the borders unrepentingly, without ever changing posture, with intelligence and generosity.

Limited edition, numbered and signed.

Selected shows and awards

Recto/Verso, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2014
Stratigraphie - Helmo, exhibition at Portique, contemporary art space (Le Havre), within the event A graphic design season 13, juin 2013

Selected publications

Helmo - Design Graphique, ping-pong et géologie, Université de Strasbourg, 2013
Unsedicesimo, n°19a - Helmo, Éditions Corraini, 2011

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The Screen Family (Linus, Dot, Pixie & Random Screen)


Technical information

Pigment print on Hahnemühle Ultrasmooth paper - limited edition, numbered and signed certificate.


50 x 35,4 cm, Edition of 80 120.00 €

By the same artist


By the same curator