French Street Art Duo Ador & Semor Hit London

Well we are a few weeks behind in sharing this superb collection of works put up by visiting French duo Ador and Semor around London, however it is because having briefly met the delightful pair whilst making their second of five works, placed up over one week, they agreed to offer us the chance to ask some further questions by email and provide some invaluable insight into the intriguing and surreal scenes they create and produced here.

Ador’s work is defined by an interesting juxtaposition between characters and accompanying objects, fused with elements including current events and topical subjects, set to depict a blend between serious scenarios and distortion through satire. Through his work he sets to provide his audience with the means to interpret his work in their own way, through his depiction of stories and proposing questions.

Semor’s work is strongly influenced deteriorating buildings, scenes revolving around construction. composing compositions that are created without the influence of people, driven by an automatic drawing style, setting to create surreal and chaotic graphics systems. His work features a blend of architecture, scenes and abstract imagery through defined lines which help to segment or link to the subjects in his pieces. Along with Ador’s work serving as a platform for different interpretations.

We would like to say a big Thank You to Ador and Semor for providing such insight to their works and the indiviual pieces created here in London to us here at London Calling Blog and immensely look forward to future visits from this pair.

 

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This was the first work created by the duo, placed up in Great Eastern Street with support from Global Street Art. The scene depicts Ador’s distinctive character blowing up a balloon which turns out to be a unexpectedly large elephant.

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Ador & Semor at work on their second piece in London, put up on the same day of the previous piece. What was most enlightening in watching this pair at work was the seamless manor in which they not only focus on their distinct aspects to the piece, but also seamlessly contributed to elements of the other’s work, free of ego, just having fun painting together.

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Ador & Semor at work.

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Ador & Semor at work.

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The superb finished piece, placed up in King John’s Court, Shoreditch. The work depicts a scene featuring Ador’s character living on the street surrounded by his last few high-end possesions, purchased after buying in to a fantasy world offered by the world of consumerism and advertising. Having become consumed and overwhelmed by such a culture as characterized by Semor’s billboard in the background, Ador’s character sits on the street still looking into the world he so desired. The grey breeze blocks in the background create a sense of a prison cell that he has found himself in, a slave to world of desire and possession. This is one of our favourite two pieces from their recent visit. This work was put up with support from Global Street Art.

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The third work from Ador & Semor, placed up along Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, with support from The Real Art Of Street Art. The work depicts an a rather surreal scene in which the roles of the two characters are reversed, with the grandmother placed in the cage instead of the bird, who controls the levers and roles are reversed.

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Detail of Semor’s character.

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Detail of Ador’s character.

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The fourth work from the duo entitled ‘Street Art Tours’ and placed up in Stucley Place Camden Town, with support from The Hidden Streets Of London & Monoprixx. This is along with the second piece shown above our favourite from their visit. The scene depicts a rather apt look at the state of the Street Art scene around the globe as it becomes more fashionable and at the same time is reduced to little more than a mere photo opportunity. The work features a group of tourists engaged in a taking a selfie, courtesy of the now often seen ‘Selfie Stick’, in front of an iconic Banksy image (the maid on the left, which was aptly placed up a mere five minutes away in Camden Town some years back), whilst above them in a rather surreal and amusing twist Queen Elizabeth II attempts to photobomb the scene.

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Spoof Banksy addition to the piece, which caused some critics to slam the pair for trying to cash in on Banksy’s fame, somewhat missing the point to the piece in the process.

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The final work from the duo placed up in Rivington Street on the outside of the Red Gallery with support from Global Street Art. This work depicts for us the most surreal scene from the duo, leaving their mark in London in style. Featuring Ador’s character engaged in a wave of destruction, cutting down trees and destroying the local wildlife in the process, offering an idea that ones destruction also comes back on the perpetrator as shown on the left with the cut in half animal standing aloft the cut off leg.

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Detail of Ador’s character.

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Detail of Semor’s character.

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