He never had the idea of sleeping on the roof of his niche, never had a philosophical discussion with Charlie Brown, nor even a little yellow bird constantly by his side. However, it is indeed from the dog created by Charles Schultz that he got his nickname.
Dark. Like the evil counterpart of the white and black beagle. His dark face.
The one that was first expressed through graffiti, when he was in high school, under the influence of a class neighbor who repaints his notebooks with blocks of letters in color, he gets intoxicated with the vapors of felt-tip pens until to get caught up in the game too. Flying leaves then walls and urban nocturnal expeditions, in detail or as a central character in graphic debates, the dog is always in the game. Dark officially becomes his nickname, and even his signature.
A nickname that makes a quick stopover in law studies to quickly reorient his pencils towards design and graphics. A course made up of tunnels that are not always captivating but at the end of one of which was a light: calligraphy. This ancestral art of drawing letters, Dark learns at the same time as he learns to handle the different feathers, inks and paints. To play with their fluidity to practice Gothic, English or uncial.
Letters and their lines become his obsession and take the place of graffiti in his illegal outings. Bombs, brushes, markers, they are exhibited in all ways on Parisian walls. Letters that even the most expert will never be able to decipher: rather than stylizing them excessively, Dark preferred to develop his own calligraphy. His own alphabet, the result of an extreme mix of all the types of writing he has studied, practiced and discovered on his own. Borrowing roundness, angles, dynamism or grandiose to merge them in its particular language.
A constantly evolving language, made up of abstract calligraphies which in their forms arouse as many emotions as if they really had a meaning. Canvases, walls, happening, or digital, it is always expressed in a composite of reflection and spontaneity. Because, if Dark has traced in his mind the general sketch of his work, the calligraphy part is decided with the inspiration and the mood of the moment.
As under the action of an automatic writing, the forms are then filled with these chimerical letters that we sometimes swear familiar. In a color code where white remains the favorite color, these explorations of shades and gradations, each will have its own interpretation and the feeling of really being able to read words there. To decipher ideas or even suggested slogans.
Unless Dark actually slipped real bits of the alphabet into it ...
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