Exterface is the artistic and photographic partnership of Julien and Stephane, two 24 year old artists from Paris in France. The boys began sharing their work several years ago through Flickr where they posted a photo a day. After receiving a great deal of positive feedback they created the Exterface website to showcase their works. The creative duo work out of a house in Paris.
I find their work particularly captivating in that each group of photos has a narrative like structure. The story like feel becomes that much more intimate with the impressions and thoughts each piece evokes. The symbolism and sensual nature is enticing and some of it is just simply poetic sex. Beautiful! One of my favorites is the series called Orchid. Boys in heels and fur! Very appealing!
Their book, The Thing He Loves, from Bruno Gmünder is coming out in December this year in the US, although it is already out in Europe. It includes over 150 pictures and work unseen before.
When I was thinking about what to ask the boys I kept coming back to their title. Love. So, I wanted to know, ‘What do you love?…’
ME: The title of your book?
EXTERFACE: The Thing He Loves is a quote from a poem of Oscar Wilde called The Ballad of Reading Gaol. We first use it for Situla, which shows a man who kills the thing he loves. Our book and our work so far is all about LOVE…
ME: What do you love about your work?
EXTERFACE: Everything about it. What we love the most is the last thing we’ve done. So now it’s Flamme, our last baby we’re so proud of!
ME: What do you love about the male?
EXTERFACE: Everything about him. We love his body, his charisma, his strength and his fragility. Male iconography is less coded and over-used than the female one. We love to glorify him, iconize him in his human nature and intimacy.
ME: What do you love about color and light?
EXTERFACE: Everything about them. We use colors and light in a symbolist way. They create a unique atmosphere, intensify the emotions. Its’s wonderful !
ME: What do you love about sensuality?
EXTERFACE: Everything about it. Sensuality is a language. It gives us the opportunity to connect with the viewer instinct or its inner dreams. Sensuality gives life to our pictures.
ME: What do you love to do on a Sunday?
EXTERFACE: Everything ! Working, playing, walking, loving. Living.
This final question I asked, because I am intrigued and a grub. I read in an interview that they are also inspired by porn, which Exterface loves because it’s only about bodies and emotions. I liked this idea, so you know I had to ask…
ME: What is your favorite piece of porn ?
EXTERFACE: Vintage ! Must be a Falcon one called In Your Wildest Dreams (1989) with Chad Douglas… Masterpiece.
You can see the complete work out here on youtube. Thanks to Julien and Stephane for finding me a clip! I love the look on his face at the end, it is so cheeky and cute. The other guys ‘tache is also something to behold!
Thank you so much Julien and Stephane for answering my questions. Your work is beautiful, sexy and seriously cool.
They have the most gorgeous website, which has recently been updated, and it is great to see the photos larger and framed to their full effect. The book will be available for purchase at Amazon in December and book shops that carry Bruno Gmünder.
Male longing melted into poetic pictures.
The artists expose their models like in a peep show until they lose themselves between darkness and colored light, until they become touchable and yet surreal.