This week I’ve read a book I hadn’t thought about in a long time and I was in a nostalgic mood, so I thought about Kafka. Well, almost everything makes me think about Kafka so it wasn’t really unexpected but anyway…
Kafka made me think about Prague and Prague made me want to post this drawing. To me it is a good representation of why this city is stuck in my head since I’ve been there in February. It is grandiose, beautiful and for my entire stay I could feel something hovering over my head, something great. The castle of course was almost always in my line of sight. Reminding me of the incredible ingenuity men can demonstrate : assembling rocks to build cathedrals or words to write novels. I could see the narrative written by Kafka unfolding in front of me. I could feel the mutual influence between him and the city.
And with that I could feel his influence on me. In Prague I was feeling at home yet far from it. There is a word for the later in French ” dépaysé “.
It is strange how comfortable and easy it can be to just let myself slip into this imaginary world that feels like it was made just for me. A world in which imagination and “spirituality” play a greater role than the pragmatic reality. It is strange how it can feel more real in a new environment that helps you notice it than in everyday life when you just tend to forget.
Reality is what you feel and interpret as much as what there is to perceive. That makes life absurd yet unique for everyone.
Don’t you feel it sometimes ? Don’t you often see memories and ideas appearing while watching something, wonderful or not, that could just be meaningless?
I made this drawing as a commissioned work for someone I used to co-work with.
I really like this kind of drawings with dots. The symbolism of a multitude of insignificant, rough, most basic and imperfect little things, ; created by the contacts of two opposites : the dark ink of a pointy pen and the white, immaculate and smooth piece of paper. All this absurdity, put in a larger perspective to create meaning.
The line has meaning, the letter does to. They have shape and intention. But the dot isn’t even placed with premeditation. It is only the momentum that made it exist, and it is the same momentum that will make it bland and invisible in the mass. But despite all of it, it gives texture, meaning and a certain “beauty” to the ensemble.
To go to Prague has been a dream of mine for quite some time. Fortunately the dream has now turned into memories.
Two of my favourite authors are born in Czechia : Kafka and Kundera. And Kafka, the one I have been obsessed about for years, lived in Prague and still haunts the city today, but I might do a little post about him since he was my travel buddy during the trip. I promise I haven’t gone insane 😉
Anyway, Prague is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen but it is also one of the most densely populated with tourists, a piece of advice : wake up early to see the bridge and the castle when there isn’t to much crowd.
The castle is incredible, it is supposed to be where Kafka found his inspiration for the novel “the castle”. Walking in his footsteps, remembering the book, I can see how.
Here is a little reminder from a recent weekend I’ve spent in Paris with one of my best and oldest friends.
I found this view of the eiffel tower vey fitting since it’s taken from the Palais de Tokyo where we were the night before for a DJ set.
But mostly, to me, it would represent how influential he was, and still is. Being one of the triggers for my newly found outgoing personnality. Making me face and confront at least some aspects of reality, and generally helping me better myself while I’m still as annoying as ever 😀
Obviously, I was just trying to illustrate a good moment and a nice view when I started it but we can always find new meanings to our creations right ?
I really loved the visit of this castle. What about you ? Do you know Pau ? Ever visited this place ? Anyway thanks for visiting our page, you can always like our facebook page to be notified when we publish something new!
One year ago I moved to Lyon for work. Since then I really learned to find this city gorgeous. Moreover there are a lot of things to do and there are an infinity of beautiful places to draw.
Obviously I’m a big fan of the Fourvière’s Basilica which is visible in both drawings.
Really you should come and take a look.
So, what about you ? Have you ever been to Lyon ? Have you even heard of it ? Anyway, Thanks for watching this. Check our facebook page, like it and you’ll be notified whenever we publish something new!