Jaune is a stencil artist and urban interventionist from Brussels, Belgium. With sanitation workers as the main protagonists in his humorous installations, his work is based on the paradox between the visible and the invisible, an idea that was born from his own experience working in the profession.
Despite performing an important public service in garish fluorescent clothing, Jaune observed that he and his colleagues existed in the background of our urban environment, becoming almost invisible to the average person. It was in 2011 that he decided to free these characters from their roles by symbolically placing them in ever more absurd and whimsical scenarios in and around the city streets.
Those who were supposed to keep the world tidy have become harbingers of chaos. At the same time, Jaune encourages us re-evalaute our relationship with the individuals represented in his work.
Jaune produced a series of installations and paintings on the streets of Ostend. We documented his works during the festival and we encourage you to read his interview with us here.
We are very grateful for The Crystal Ship and its team for their warm welcome! We will be documenting the Festival during the week.
While studying in Brussels Jaune was also a sanitation worker. ‘This gave me a new perspective on things and the city suddenly revealed itself from a different angle, showing me what people ate, drank, threw away in a megalopolis as Brussels. It soon struck me how invisible this profession was to the public. To give you an idea I would cross path with about 150 different people in a day and only two of them would notice me and greet me‘. he says.
He didn’t mind they were not saying hi to him, what became obvious is that he realised he became an integral part of the landscape. People simply did not see him. It was then that he also discovered the graffiti and street art scenes, he was also roommate with graffiti writers. This had a significant impact on Jaune’s artistic journey.
He explains that ‘The stencil technique was very similar to the way I drew and I quickly started making portraits of these sanitation workers. This allowed me to have a different approach by incorporating graffiti and my background into my art. I have been painting on the streets for the past 5 years and this project has matured for the last eight years‘.
Jaune also collaborated with artist Blue the Warrior and produced a few collabs that can be found all around the city.