Last 14 June, Cosey celebrated his 70th birthday. As a birthday present, his friend François Matille offered him a flight in a bi-plane over the Swiss Alps.
You will remember those first pages of the first Jonathan album, when Jonathan jumps from a yellow plane to land in the Himalayan mountains. 45 years later, Cosey follows his hero… More or less: he didn’t jump out of the plane, instead, he made a looping.
Big news: Cosey is working on a 17th episode of Jonathan.
He told me this 17th album will be the ultimate final Jonathan, that concludes the series. After Jonathan 16 (Cell qui fut), Cosey also thought it would be de closing episode, but since then, he got ideas for a better end to the Jonathan saga.
As always, Cosey is very cautious to reveal any secrets about the story of an album he is working on. But we can expect a story playing in Ladakh and Tibet, that brings back four characters from previous albums.
We need some patience to know the full story: the planning is to publish the album at the end of 2021. Publisher: Lombard.
From 4 September till 3 October, Galerie Barbier in Paris will have a Cosey exposition. Title of the expo: Même poursuivi le papillon jamais ne semble pressé (‘Even chased, the butterfly doesn’t seem to be hurried’).
The exposition will be centered around three albums of the Aire Libre collection (published by Dupuis): Le Voyage en Italie, Orchidea and Joyeux Noël, May!. More than 100 drawings will be on show.
And… this is not all! Barbier will publish the Aire Libre albums in black-and-white editions (two album containing all the stories). A limited edition.
This september: Volume 1 – Le Voyage en Italie, Orchidea, Joyeux Noël, May! and Hanoï-Saigon.
In 2022, the other Aire Libre albums will follow in Volume 2 (Zeke raconte des histoires, Une maison de Frank L. Wright and Le Bouddha d’Azur).
Galerie Barbier (website) 10 rue Choron, 75009 Paris.
Thanks to Claude Stern and Bernard Matthey-Doret Thanks to Cosey for the corrections
‘Old news’: in 2018, this poster was published to celebrate the 50th issue of the magazine Transhelvetica. I think it is one of the best ‘À la recherche de Peter Pan’-posters that exists, because it is so clean.
And: the poster is still for sale in de shop of Transhelvetica: click here.
The drawing has not been used for a cover of the magazine, but while I checked this, I saw this one, that is a funny image rhyme to Cosey’s drawing.
‘Hun – ti tusind ildfluer’, that is how the fourteenth Jonathan album is called in danish. The release date is not yet precisely announced, but publisher Forlaget Fabel expects to release the album in september/october of this year.
Ivan Micello and Cosey have finished the work on the mural in Pully. Cosey helped a last day to make some corrections and sign the work, of course.
I admire the works on the fresco – while it is a huge enlargement of the original drawing, the painters have managed to maintain the typical line of Cosey. I also like the subtility of the work – see for example the three slightly different hues of blue that have been used for sky, mountains and lake, no shortcuts here!
Below, you see a panorama of the painting, a collage of different photos. Click on the image for a larger version!
Progress until Friday, made on the wall painting in Pully. Ivan Micello told me that he will need five more days to complete the mural. Below, you see the very start of the process on Ivan Micello’s computer screen. You will notice how extremely oblong the image is.
At the College Arnold Reymond in Pully (Switzereland), an enormous mural painting of a drawing by Cosey is being made by Ivan Micello. A few days ago, Cosey himself came to assist in the painting work – more or less camouflaged by his blue outfit.
The painting will be 57 meters long and 3,4 meters high – this must be the largest work of Cosey ever.
At this moment, you can visit an exposition in Grenoble, titled ‘Derrière la Montagne’ (Behind the Mountains). In the exposition, 27 comic artists interpret paintings of mountain landscapes. See also my previous message about it.
Cosey went to work on Gustave Doré’s painting ‘L’Arc en Ciel’ (‘The Rainbow’). He saw all kinds of shapes and forms in the painting: a nude (a sleeping woman, according to the catalogue, but I rather see something less innocent), some dogs, fishes, a bridge and figures of people and animals – I would say fairy tale and comic characters.
I leave it up to psycho-analysts to discover hidden Freudian messages in Cosey’s interpretation.