ALCHEMY

“IN QUEST OF IDENTITY”

By 9eme Concept

"The Ninth Concept, a collective of transdisciplinary artists settled
in Montreuil, France, has devised an original creative process that combines
the graphic arts, painting, collage, music, street art, and happenings.  Today, its three founding members—Stéphane
Carricondo, Ned, and Jerk 45—have just completed a major series of portraits
entitled “Alchemy,” that offers us splendid effigies of nine women and men, strange
contemporary prophets straight out of some ethnological museum."

Alchimie Plexiglass installation, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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It is Carricondo who begins the pieces with carefully drawn, imposing busts onto which heraldic elements and cartouche-like features, reminiscent of ethnic tattoos, are stuck on by Ned.  Jerk 45 finishes off the work by adding compositions made up of fantasy animals painted in acrylic, highlighting them with collages taken from popular magazines.  It’s basically a sort of investigation into our origins that these creative works offer, placed into a veritable generational melting pot.

Alchimie Plexiglass installation, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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BAINS DOUCHES PARIS 2013

Alchimie Plexiglass installation, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Alchimie Plexiglass installation, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Alchimie Plexiglass installation, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Alchimie Plexiglass installation, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Looked at more closely, we see that the nine works are charged with a fascinating magnetic force.  These fullface, bust, head-to-waist, and head-to-toes portraits offer a strictly frontal view of faces that call out to us.  One discovers that the iconography of the models Carricondo uses is inspired by images from the Paris Colonial Exhibition of 1931, held at Porte Dorée in the Bois de Vincennes, a few steps away from the collective’s studio.  The artist seems to be returning to the scene of a crime against humanity that took place in his neighborhood, just around the corner from his street!  This “human zoo” that this “around-the-world-in-a-day tour” offered was meant as a reflection of the colonial power of “Greater France” while highlighting its civilizing mission.

Alchimie Stickers, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Triptyque Alchimie 3 (2013/2014) by Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned9eme Concept

Alchimie Stickers, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Looked at more closely, we see that the nine works are charged with a fascinating magnetic force.  These fullface, bust, head-to-waist, and head-to-toes portraits offer a strictly frontal view of faces that call out to us.  One discovers that the iconography of the models Carricondo uses is inspired by images from the Paris Colonial Exhibition of 1931, held at Porte Dorée in the Bois de Vincennes, a few steps away from the collective’s studio.

Alchimie Stickers, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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NEW YORK 2013

Alchimie Stickers, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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MARSEILLE 2013

Alchimie Stickers, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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BRUXELLES 2013

Alchimie Red, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Alchimie Green, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Alchimie Blue, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Alchimie Stickers, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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PARIS 2013

Alchimie Stickers, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Alchimie Stickers, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Alchimie Stickers, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Alchimie Stickers, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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NEW YORK 2013

Alchimie Stickers, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Alchimie White, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Alchimie Orange, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Alchimie Beige, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Alchimie Stickers, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Alchimie Stickers, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Alchimie Stickers, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Alchimie Stickers, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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STREET ACTION LOS ANGELES 2013

Triptyque Alchimie 2 (2013/2014) by Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned9eme Concept

Alchimie Stickers, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Alchimie Black&White, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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PROJECTION BOIS DE VINCENNES 2013

Alchimie Rose, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Alchimie Grey, Carricondo/Jerk45/Ned, 2013/2014, From the collection of: 9eme Concept
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Crédit photo : Jules Hidrot / 9eme concept Texte : Traduction des textes de Renaud Faroux  par David Ames Curtis ©

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