Rocha Art is thrilled to present Indexus, the first U.S. solo exhibition of collaborative French street artists Ador and Semor. To complement the exhibit Ador and Semor will be painting murals in San Francisco, planning completion by the opening reception (RSVP HERE). Indexus will be on view at Rocha Art through mid-August.
Internationally renowned artists in their own right, Ador and Semor have worked together since 2013 in painting, and large-scale murals throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. Their shared unique, fantastical visual language stems from each artist’s ingenious, complementary styles. Ador’s colorful, imaginary worlds he fills with spirited characters, cartoons, and caricatures create whimsical narratives of witty satire. Semor’s compositions include surreal amalgamations of exaggerated figures and objects. Their jointly-created artworks respond to surrounding social, political, and economic concerns, and urban environments.
“Telling stories while asking questions has been my leitmotiv since the beginning. My work is a means of investigating my own vocabulary through characters and objects,” Ador explains. “I pick up ideas from my surroundings in the street, current events, and topical subjects. My pictures, wavering between serious and distorted, intend to satirize. I am interested in bringing together opposites and letting them live in the same space.”
“Dilapidated buildings, areas in transition by either decay or construction, and trash abandoned in the streets are examples of compositions unintentionally created by people — I use these in my work because of the lines and rhythmic nature that appear in it,” says Semor. “Created by a kind of automatic drawing, my compositions and its lines create chaotic and graphic systems that interact with and intersect architecture, object, and scene.”
Ador and Semor describe their collaborative process: “Our artwork tells stories with a self-made vocabulary. With drawing as the foundation, the sketches come to life through different mediums. This work, imagined with our four hands, is created much like an exquisite corpse or friezes to form a general, whole picture. Our weekly meetings are the occasion to link and compare elements: indeed, nothing is spared from examination. The final form is in part informed by the public space, and the environment in which we exist. Overall, our work is created from the elements that make up this language, and is organized through the motifs that coexist and intermingle, welcoming multiple readings.”