publication May 2021
language Afterword in French
designer deValence
size 160 x 210mm
pages 224 p.
ISBN 9782490077502
subject illustration, art

This book is accompanied by an unpublished text in French written by the philosopher Emanuele Coccia.


Oiseaux is an aviary of 200 drawings made by Jochen Gerner between February 2019 and September 2020. Each of these birds was drawn with pigmented Indian ink felt pens on small-format school notebooks from China and India, on which lines and squares of different sizes appear.

This series of drawings constitutes a graphic experiment aimed at exploring the potential of the grid, the superimposition of lines and the association of a reduced number of colours in the creation of feathers. By mixing dreamed and real birds, this inventory questions the links between the imaginary and reality in our daily lives, and teaches us that the fantastic is often to be found in the reality of everyday life.

In this graphic research, Jochen Gerner was inspired by the work of eighteenth-century illustrators such as François-Nicolas Martinet, who used to depict birds in profile, thus giving them a noble and stiff character, contrasting with the strength and brightness of the colours.