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2012 New Visual Artist: Jerome Corgier

By Jane Lerner


From Jarjaja, a project with the Lebanese graphic designer Lara Captan, mixing Latin and Arabic typography, 2008-2010


Looking at Jerome Corgier’s type sculptures, with their suggestive, amorphous shapes, can be a bit like gazing at clouds. In his love for pure typography, Corgier often strips down forms until their meaning loosens. Letters “immediately lose their signification when you play with them,” he says, “and with that I can open a new place to play.”


With little more than a sharp blade, geometric creases, and an architect’s sense of three-dimensionality, Corgier can transform a piece of fiber into something expressive, as with his blog’s “Daily Emotion with Paper” series, which uses thin curlicues and cuts of colored paper to represent his mood. “I feel that all those paper forms have a big emotional content,” Corgier says. “They are very simple, but in fact they are essential. I play with contrasts of colors. I’m working on the gesture to draw letters, the liberty of movement.” In time, he says, the studies will become a larger typographic project.


From Jarjaja, a project with the Lebanese graphic designer Lara Captan, mixing Latin and Arabic typography, 2008-2010



From Jarjaja, a project with the Lebanese graphic designer Lara Captan, mixing Latin and Arabic typography, 2008-2010


Born in Montreuil, the Paris suburb where he still lives, Corgier studied science before enrolling in art school. (He now designs the local government’s communications materials.) In 2008, he opened his own studio, Atelier Pariri, where his clients include The New Republic and Louis Vuitton. For The New York Times’ style magazine, T, he crafted a gothic title letter out of layers of black and white paper that absolutely undulate to the eye.

That kind of breathing dimensionality has become integral to his work. In his early typographic-sculpture experiments, he says, “I worked the structure, the skeleton.” (The undersides of some of Corgier’s objects reveal bits of wood used to prop up the layers of paper.) “Now I work with the skin, with surfaces. My sculptures now are lighter—they are flying.”


Experimental research in sculptural typography, 2008-2011



Experimental research in sculptural typography, 2008-2011



Experimental research in sculptural typography, 2008-2011



Experimental research in sculptural typography, 2008-2011


Corgier speaks French, English, and a bit of German, and he is familiar with the Arabic alphabet. “I mostly love forms,” he says, “and with forms I discover the different languages. It permits me to be free.” Next up, Corgier hopes to study Chinese, Japanese, and Greek—new sets of characters, and new worlds, to explore.

See the other 2012 NVA winners:

  1. Sang Mun

  2. Erin Schell

  3. Berton Hasebe

  4. Drea Zlanabitnig

  5. Casper Heijkenskjöld

  6. Kelsey Dake

  7. Jerome Corgier

  8. Tracy Ma

  9. Olimpia Zagnoli

  10. Ryan Thacker

  11. John Passafiume

  12. Lisa Hedge

  13. Jungyeon Roh

  14. Dafi Kühne

  15. Jing Wei

  16. Caleb Bennett

  17. Naz Sahin

  18. Serifcan Ozcan

  19. Brendan Griffiths

  20. George Michael Brower

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