My guests on the 2Goodmedia Podcast are Camille Cohen and Michael Le Goff, the young founders of COHLE GALLERY, an urban and contemporary art gallery in Paris. Our conversation takes place during Fenx’s solo exhibition, one of the figurative artists represented by the gallery. In this exhibition entitled “Grow up”, Fenx is going for the first time in small format and is interested in the covers of Playboy magazines, which he has often used for his paintings. We talk about the beginnings of the COHLE GALLERY online in urban art exclusively and the evolution towards contemporary art. A modern and pragmatic approach to developing an art gallery: from organizing pop-up exhibitions to opening a physical space in the heart of Pigalle. An inspiring conversation about being a gallery owner 3.0.
March, 31st 2021 | Paris
By Delphine Souquet
Who are Camille Cohen and Michael Le Goff?
Camille Cohen and Michael Le Goff are the founders of COHLE Gallery located in the Pigalle district of Paris.
What is the COHLE Gallery : urban and contemporary art gallery in Paris
We meet at the COHLE gallery to record this podcast with Camille Cohen and Michael Le Goff, the two founders of the Parisian art gallery. This young contemporary and urban art gallery is located at 17 rue Victor Massé near Pigalle, one of the most emblematic and lively areas of Paris, very close to Montmartre.
How do you go from street graffiti to paintings exhibited in a Parisian art gallery? This podcast with the COHLE gallery is also an opportunity to explain what urban art is, better known for its graffiti that invades the urban space and less for being exhibited inside art galleries.
What is urban art?
Urban art or street art includes art forms created in the public space and encompasses various techniques such as graffiti, stencils, mosaics, stickers, posters and collages, advertisements and installations. Urban art as an individual initiative began to flourish in France after May 1968. At the beginning of the 21st century, the tendency is rather to institutionalise street art, which has its place in galleries, museums, auction rooms or on monumental facades.
What is the difference between urban art gallery and graffiti art?
The main distinction between urban art and graffiti art is that street artists do not systematically use the writing and aerosol tools used by graffiti artists.
Graffiti art has been a real social phenomenon at the conjunction of aesthetic movements and a socio-cultural context that has aroused public enthusiasm and opened the way for many artists.
Many of the artists who came out of Graffiti art have moved on, abandoning the spray can, and are now exhibiting in galleries. Others continue to occupy urban space and reuse techniques such as mosaics to exhibit in galleries.
The COHLE Gallery represents today young artists of contemporary art and abstract or figurative art.
Fenx’s ‘Grow up’ exhibition at the COHLE GALLERY
Loïc Le Floch aka Fenx is a visual artist born in the mid-70s. His work transcribes his emotional, cultural and iconographic journey, often drawing on the emerging counter-cultures in which he took part, such as graffiti or skateboarding.
An exciting episode of the 2goodmedia podcast for art lovers to discover Fenx’s works and this series in which he takes over what he believes are the most emblematic Playboy covers.
The origins of Fenx’s Grow up project, which uses Playboy covers
The presentation of the artist Fenx and his work
- The origins of Fenx’s Grow up project and the idea of using Playboy covers
- The presentation of the artist Fenx and his works
In the past, Fenx has already worked on Playboy covers as part of the creation of wall sculptures in which his character reads his magazine from his armchair. Following the success of these covers, he decided to dedicate an entire exhibition to them.
In this exhibition, we find important notions for Fenx, such as memory and childhood, but also the woman, who was always highlighted in his works. She also remains in her “Pop Art” influence, linked to popular culture and consumer objects, here the magazine.
What can this podcast offer you?
The first part of the podcast tells the story of young gallery owners who are passionate about art and self-taught, a new approach to the gallery business 3.0 perfectly multitasking and connected to digital platforms. The beginnings of the COHLE gallery launched 3 years ago in the exclusively urban Art and its development to represent today artists in the Contemporary Art. We talk about urban and contemporary art, the artists exhibited and the ambitions of the two founders for the future of the gallery.
In the second part (30 minutes and counting) we talk about the exhibition of small-format paintings by French artist Fenx, currently on show at the COHLE Gallery, who has taken over a series of famous Playboy magazine covers on canvas for this project.
COHLE GALLERY : urban and contemporary art gallery
Cohle Gallery is an urban and contemporary art gallery founded in 2017, initially exclusively online.
How to overcome borders in a context of internationalization of the art market thanks to digital platforms and social networks? A fascinating discussion with the young founders of COHLE Gallery who share their passion for urban and contemporary art and talk about the gallery’s mission to support contemporary artists in all their projects.
A different approach to traditional galleries
The experience of the two founders of the Digital native Parisian art gallery is also very inspiring from an entrepreneurial point of view and when it comes to supporting artists
From art collector to gallery owner 3.0: a career change, a progressive approach to launching the gallery and an original approach to accompanying artists, an ambition to cross borders
The beginnings with the online art gallery in the early years
The collective pop-up shows
The opening of a physical space and the solo shows
The evolution of the gallery from exclusively urban art to contemporary art
The Gallerist 3.0 profession in the context of the internationalization of the art market and the development of digital platforms and social media
Future projects for the gallery
- From art collector to gallery owner 3.0: a career change, a progressive approach to launching the gallery and an original approach to accompanying artists, an ambition to cross borders
- The beginnings with the online art gallery in the early years
- The collective pop-up shows
- The opening of a physical space and the solo shows
- The evolution of the gallery from exclusively urban art to contemporary art
- The Gallerist 3.0 profession in the context of the internationalization of the art market and the development of digital platforms and social media
- Future projects for the gallery
Among the artists represented by the gallery: Fenx, Adam Handler, Speedy Graphito, Jef Aerosol, PEZ, The London Police, or Poes.
Now it’s time to listen to the podcast of Camille Cohen and Michael Le Goff, the two founders of the Cohle Gallery! I hope you find their story inspiring, let us know in the comments!
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You can contact the Cohle Gallery via its website https://www.cohlegallery.com or directly on Instagram @Cohlegallery or on Linkedin : @camillecohen and @michaellegoff
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This episode is in : FRENCH. The interview is always in the guest’s original language to better capture the intent of those who shape the Art and Fashion industry.
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Credits : Pictures courtesy of Fenx and Cohle Gallery. All Fenx paintings are accessible online at https://www.cohlegallery.com/nos-artistes and are available through Click and collect at the Gallery’s headquarters in Paris, Pigalle district.