Me In The Eyes Of Another Actor

Concept

-2017-

In a square behind the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris there is a park where artists sit and draw portraits of tourists and passersby. In homage to actress Isabelle Huppert, Christian Jankowksi engaged pairs of these street artists to make a series of drawings of Huppert together with another actor or actress of his choice on one piece of paper. The pictures of Huppert are from different stages of her long career and were chosen for Jankowski’s project by the actress herself and her agent; the other actors present in the work were chosen from the catalogue of sample images the artists use to show off their drawing ability. Before drawing the heads of the famous performers, the artists in Paris were asked to use the situation around them as the basis for the drawing’s composition—two artists sitting next to each other in a sort of open-air studio portraying each others’ posture, clothing, and working tools. Like the iconic drawing from M. C. Escher, where one hand with a pencil draws the other hand with a pencil and so on, the two artists make a portrait of each other, one after the other, uniting two artistic styles in one drawing. While the setting of the square stays the same, the faces of the actors replaces the faces of the artists. One might have George Clooney’s head and the other Huppert’s, with the bodies and gestures of the drawers.
Each drawing has its own unique composition: some are simply drawn, like Me in the Eyes of another Actor – Isabelle Huppert and Jacky Chan, which shows the head of Jacky Chan while Huppert is drawn sitting across from him, pencil in hand. Others, like Me in the Eyes of another Actor – Isabelle Huppert and Klaus Kinski, have sections done in gouache, adding a touch of color; this drawing also includes the image of some unknown person creeping into the portrait in the lower left corner, a humorous reference to the drawer-as-viewer perhaps, or just one artist’s way to make her picture more fun. Like the many roles Huppert has played, the drawings are full of detail and style, unique from collaboration to collaboration and from role to role. And like these contexts, which are galvanized by an audience, a viewer activates the framework of the drawings, becoming a part of the collaboration by adding his or her own interpretation.

Drawings

Isabelle Huppert - Jean Paul Belmondo

Me in the Eyes of another Actor / Isabelle Huppert – Jean Paul Belmondo, 2017
drawing, coal and lead pencil on paper
framed 42 x 59,4 cm / 16.54 x 23.39 in

Isabelle Huppert - Jacky Chan

Me in the Eyes of another Actor / Isabelle Huppert – Jacky Chan, 2017
drawing, coal and lead pencil on paper
framed 50 x 65 cm / 19.69 x 25.59 in

Isabelle Huppert - Georg Clooney

Me in the Eyes of another Actor / Isabelle Huppert – Georg Clooney, 2017
drawing, coal and coloured pencil on paper
framed 50 x 65 cm / 19.69 x 25.59 in

Isabelle Huppert - Pénelope Cruz

Me in the Eyes of another Actor / Isabelle Huppert – Pénelope Cruz, 2017
drawing, coal and lead pencil on paper
framed 50 x 65 cm / 19.69 x 25.59 in

Isabelle Huppert - Alain Delon

Me in the Eyes of another Actor / Isabelle Huppert – Alain Delon, 2017
drawing, coal, chalk and lead pencil on paper
framed 50 x 65 cm / 19.69 x 25.59 in

Isabelle Huppert - Gérard Depardieu

Me in the Eyes of another Actor / Isabelle Huppert – Gérard Depardieu, 2017
drawing, coal and lead pencil on paper
framed 29,7 x 42 cm / 11.69 x 16.54 in

Isabelle Huppert - Scarlet Johansoon

Me in the Eyes of another Actor / Isabelle Huppert – Scarlet Johansoon, 2017
drawing, coal, chalk and lead pencil on paper
framed 50 x 65 cm / 19.69 x 25.59 in

Isabelle Huppert - Klaus Kinski

Me in the Eyes of another Actor / Isabelle Huppert – Klaus Kinski, 2017
drawing, coal, chalk and lead pencil on paper
framed 50 x 65 cm / 19.69 x 25.59 in

Isabelle Huppert - Sophia Loren

Me in the Eyes of another Actor / Isabelle Huppert – Sophia Loren, 2017
drawing, coal and coloured pencil on paper
42 x 59,4 cm / 16.54 x 23.39 in

Isabelle Huppert - Tesa Charlotte Rampling

Me in the Eyes of another Actor / Isabelle Huppert – Tesa Charlotte Rampling, 2017
drawing, coal, chalk and lead pencil on paper
framed 50 x 65 cm / 19.69 x 25.59 in

Isabelle Huppert - John Travolta

Me in the Eyes of another Actor / Isabelle Huppert – John Travolta, 2017
drawing, coal and pencil on paper
framed 44 x 54 cm / 17.32 x 21.26 in

Isabelle Huppert - Emma Watson

Me in the Eyes of another Actor / Isabelle Huppert – Emma Watson, 2017
drawing, coal, chalk and lead pencil on paper
framed 50 x 65 cm / 19.69 x 25.59 in

Isabelle Huppert - Nina Hoss

Me in the Eyes of another Actor / Isabelle Huppert – Nina Hoss, 2017
drawing, coal and coloured pencil on paper
framed 50 x 65 cm / 19.69 x 25.59 in

Isabelle Huppert - Charlotte Gainsbourg

Me in the Eyes of another Actor / Isabelle Huppert – Charlotte Gainsbourg, 2017
drawing, coal and lead pencil on paper
framed 50 x 65 cm / 19.69 x 25.59 in

Me in the Eyes of another Actor / Isabelle Huppert – Gael Garcia Bernal
drawing, coal and coloured pencil on paper
framed 50 x 65 cm / 19.69 x 25.59 in

Me in the Eyes of another Actor / Isabelle Huppert – Sophie Marceau
drawing, coal and coloured pencil on paper
framed 50 x 65 cm / 19.69 x 25.59 in

Me in the Eyes of another Actor / Isabelle Huppert- Mads Mikkelsen
drawing, coal and coloured pencil on paper
framed 50 x 65 cm / 19.69 x 25.59 in