• The Lodge

    Paradis by CharlElie Couture

Poetry is a sap, it travels, alive, between the fibres of our thoughts. Poetry must stay in motion. As the
wind, the rain or the thoughts poetry clings to the branches and hides in the heart of the night when
our sleeping bodies have loved too much and only aspire to the deserved rest of the warrior of peace,
under the roof, wherever it may be, in a grotto, a barracks, a hotel, a shelter, a protected area, a mic
mac hammock, on a straw mattress or a spring mattress, in a barn or on a bed of leaves with my girlfriend that it’s
good is good with my girlfriend that it’s good to sleep…

Poetry is a sap, it travels, alive, between the fibres of our thoughts. Poetry must stay in motion. As the
wind, the rain or the thoughts poetry clings to the branches and hides in the heart of the night when
our sleeping bodies have loved too much and only aspire to the deserved rest of the warrior of peace,
under the roof, wherever it may be, in a grotto, a barracks, a hotel, a shelter, a protected area, a mic
mac hammock, on a straw mattress or a spring mattress, in a barn or on a bed of leaves with my girlfriend that it’s
good is good with my girlfriend that it’s good to sleep…

Interview

CharlElie

Artist "Multiste"

Tell us what motivated you to join this project, how did you draw inspiration from the space and the nature around it ?

Poetry is a sap it insinuates itself, alive, between the fibers of our thoughts poetry must remain in motion like the wind, the rain or the thought the poetry clings to the branches and hides in the heart of the night when our sleepy bodies of having loved too much aspire only to the deserved rest of the warrior of peace, sheltered under a roof, wherever it may be, in a cave, a barracks, a hotel, a lodging, a protected area, a hammock at mic mac, on a box of straw or a spring mattress, in a barn or on a bed of leaves near my blonde that it is good made good good made near my blonde that it is good to sleep.

How did you chose to decorate the lodge that carries your signature?

I chose to simply trust my instincts, like a free balancer, the tightrope walker who dares to trust himself when he knows that the storm rises and that thunder roars, But he keeps going on because it’s an allegory of life.

Biography

Charlelie pursues a research around «Total Art» seeking connections between the different forms of expression that are Scripture, Image and Music.

Born in Nancy on 26 February 1956, graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts.
Charlelie COUTURE, multidisciplinary artist is part of the «multiste» movement of which he is one of
the founder/theoretician. His work is a conceptual journey around the question of Existence, or “how
to define oneself between the identified conscious and the unconscious emotional”. In 1978, his
closing thesis was entitled “polymorphia of the mind”. Charlelie pursues a research around «Total
Art» seeking connections between the different forms of expression that are Scripture, Image and
Music. Photos, texts and paintings, Charlelie Couture self-produced his first album «12 chansons dans
la sciure». In 1981, he was the first French artist signed by Chris Blackwell on the Anglo-American
label Island Records, alongside U2, Grace Jones, Robert Palmer. The album «Poèmes rock» recorded
in New-York, is classified in January 2010 in the Top 25 of the albums that marked the history of Rock
music in France.
In Nancy, he founded the group “Local à Louer”, a group of photographers, painters and poets, and
published the famous “manifesto of Art Rock”: “Art must make the connection between the
functionalism of industrial society and the aspirations of pop culture!”. A pioneer of the Web in the
1990s, he participated in numerous conferences on Art and Culture, developing the principle of
creative interactivities. Prolific creator, even hyper productive, Charlelie Couture paints, draws,
photographs. He has published some fifteen books of reflections, drawings and photos. Charlelie has
recorded 25 albums and performed more than 1,500 concerts around the world on the 5 continents.
Charlelie Couture has composed twenty music films, including «Tchao Pantin», «the bathroom»
“Antonio’s girlfriend”, “the wolf’s call”… His paintings, photos and drawings are regularly exhibited in
France, Belgium, Switzerland and the United States. Settled in New York in 2004, Charlelie has dual
Franco-American nationality. In 2010, he inaugurated and managed “The RE Gallery” a unique
meeting place for both his studio and his gallery on 37th Street in the heart of Manhattan, NY. In
2014/2015 the City of Nancy/ Galeries Poirel presents a large retrospective exhibition «Charlelie, NCY
– NYC» which brings together for the first time a hundred paintings as many photos, sculptures and
films and installation, several hundred works from his adolescence to this year 2015. «IN/OUT et
OUT/IN» «Constructs», «Photograffs», «Innerportraits», his work is called «multiste». After the
album «Immortel» produced by Benjamin Biolay and released in 2014, Charlelie COUTURE leaves in
the Bayou of Louisiana, and records «Lafayette» in the mythical Dockside Studio, surrounded by
Cajun musicians as well as Zachary Richard and Louis Michot/ Lost Bayou Ramblers . Then there will
be some concerts at the Louisiana International Festival in New York/ Central Park, Los Angeles and
San Francisco. In June 2017, disgusted by the politics of the new president Donald Trump, Charlelie
decides to move back to France… Back in France, it is at Studio Midilive that he decides to record his
new album, he surrounds himself with the musicians who accompanied him on the last tour and it is
with Dombrance and Karim Attoumane that he produces ” Même pas Sommeil ” The exhibitions
follow one another in Paris, Strasbourg, Rodez, Montpellier, Montreal, Valence…

CharlElie, if you were...

  • A forest of the world :

    the Hague Forest in Lorraine

  • A tree :

    the oak

  • Part of this tree :

    the Roots

  • A forest dweller :

    an Aboriginal tree grower

  • A season :

    the Indian summer

  • A mushroom :

    flatter him red or witch’s heart

  • A wind :

    the show of the “bise” (play word because bise, that diminishes business in French means “kiss”)

  • A smell :

    that of the ferns