It’s a typical grey morning in January when Artconnect enters Jean-Baptiste Monnin’s apartment in Schöneberg. The style of his home is a mirror of his drawings. It’s precise and in order; every object has its’ place. The difference though, is that the cat Bisou doesn’t run around in his artworks. It makes sense that a person who builds impressive abstract architectural drawings with thousands and thousands of exact lines is a person who also orders his succulents by size.
Jean-Baptiste was born in France 1986. He moved to Berlin six years ago after he’d fallen in love with the city while being here on vacation. With a background in architecture and fine arts, he has developed a unique style. The process behind the drawings in the series “Basculement, always starts with Jean-Baptiste going on a trip, either in Berlin or somewhere else, to find a modern or contemporary styled building to photograph as a reference. Afterwards he spends approximately a week redrawing the photo. He always reframes, reverses or rotates the picture to create the abstract urban landscape he’s envisioned. “I want to give the feeling to the viewer that they can go inside the picture and walk on this landscape” he says, while sipping on a cup of tea. The last part of the process is to fold the big canvas, like one would do with architectural sketches.