Bruno Lefevre-Brauer, known as +Brauer, is a graphic designer living in Paris. Over the past 20 years he has designed numerous album covers for French and international artists and pursued his personal artistic expression through painting and sculpture.
The basis of my work is with re-examining the forms and ideas of the early 20th century Modernist movements, particularly Constructivism and Futurism. Theoretical elements of the Concrete Poetry movement also serve as inspiration.
What I try to do is to create a work capable of interacting not only with the physical environment but also with the viewer. A work whose aim is to avoid the audience’s indifference and to awaken contemplation as well as reflection.
Paul Klee once said that the line is a point that went for a walk. I take the part of this point, I’m going through the city and behind me I leave stretched cotton thread, which I develop from my coat pocket.
In my current work, personal and societally challenging issues are brought to new light by creating a visual play on words.
I rescue parts that are on their way to a landfill or a smelter and give them a new purpose in life. I’m fond of vintage power tools, kitchen appliances, vacuum cleaners, floor polishers and old lab equipment. The original use of a vast majority of the spare parts in my inventory is a mystery.
Then one day I was looking at the corn fields behind the shop. I found a piece of plywood and some spray paint. I have not stopped painting or writing. My first book deals with true short stories of the ’50s and ‘60s.