‘bridge’ by sébastian preschoux, 2012 all images courtesy the artist

parisian artist and designer sébastian preschoux has developed several new thread sculptures and ink drawings, sharing with designboom a little about his process, methods and preferred techniques.

geometric installations by the artist are created with no particular graphic guide to begin with. instead, preschoux develops his thread sculptures spontaneously, starting with a center point in which the artist affixes a gathering of string, leading out to various endpoints from this epicenter. from this process, unique sweeping and intricate shapes are actualized in the environment. the artist’s string installations are made permanent by the images made by photographer friend ludovic le couster. the photos are captured with strategic lighting placed in such a way that the stretched pieces of thread become vibrant stills.

intricate string installations and geometric drawings by sebastien preschoux ‘cryptogreen no2’

intricate string installations and geometric drawings by sebastien preschoux ‘miami vice’

‘my work is based on the ‘not use of the machine’ for the realization of all works, whether it is drawings or installations. I can’t see the (artistic) interest to conceptualize a work on a computer (which attends in the process of creation and interferes), and thus eventually be only the performer of this assisted production. it is so pleasant to have the surprise of the result, to feel that things can escape you and take an unexpected direction. by this approach I wish to preserve the use of my hands as tool of creation and not as object serving to type touches and mouse. the important is to have a tactile relationship with the material, to be able to dread the qualities and the defects’. –sébastian preschoux

intricate string installations and geometric drawings by sebastien preschoux ‘from here…’, 2012

intricate string installations and geometric drawings by sebastien preschoux‘… to nowhere’, 2012

intricate string installations and geometric drawings by sebastien preschoux preschoux stands atop the center fixture of the darkened room in order to re-adjust the green string from its ceiling center point for ‘cryptogreen no2’

‘the installations which I realize are in the majority of the cases in natural environment, and it for several reasons:

  • it offers a freedom of action and an incredible choice of environments (forest, urban).

  • I wish at most that my installations are offered to the public.

  • be able to play with the natural elements (light, relief, colors).

  • be able to be surprised and surprise.’

intricate string installations and geometric drawings by sebastien preschouxthe artist measures the string to be put in place for this cavernous installation

intricate string installations and geometric drawings by sebastien preschoux ‘from here…’ in the midst of actualization by the artist

intricate string installations and geometric drawings by sebastien preschoux additional installation views of ‘from here…’ in progress

intricate string installations and geometric drawings by sebastien preschouxadjusting the lines of ‘miami vice’

‘none of the installations that I realize is planned early, it is from the meeting with one place that arises the shape, the color and the density of the installation. I begin by drawing the guiding main lines by means of thread, then, with a friend photographer (ludovic le couster) we think about the lights and about the centering, once these validated elements, I begin ‘to weave’ with cotton threads or polyester threads. finally, ludovic le couster take several argentic pictures of the installation, under various angles, and it is that in the development of the films that let us have the final result.‘ -sébastian preschoux

intricate string installations and geometric drawings by sebastien preschoux ‘greeneere’ 100cm x 140cm

the highly mathematical drawings are completed by hand by the self-taught artist and designer with only the assistance of technical pens, a compass and ink. using a large paper as his canvas, preschoux sketches imperfect, yet precise lines which span almost the entirety of the page in hypnotic patterns.

intricate string installations and geometric drawings by sebastien preschoux left: ‘lace’, 70cm x 100cm right: ‘blue steel’, 70cm x 100cm

intricate string installations and geometric drawings by sebastien preschoux left: ‘gold’, 70cm x 100cm center: ‘copper’, 70cm x 100cm right: ‘silver’, 70cm x 100cm

intricate string installations and geometric drawings by sebastien preschoux left: ‘aciduloide’, 100cm x 140cm right: ’empty circles’, 100cm x 140cm

intricate string installations and geometric drawings by sebastien preschoux left: ‘bro’s ink’, 100cm x 140cm center: ‘no1’, 100cm x 140cm right: ‘white the third’, 100cm x 140cm

‘sébastien preschoux ‘optical disorder’ @ david bloch gallery – marrakech’ by david bloch gallery