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Monday, November 13, 2017

HUE Houston Mural Festival 2017

I've been invited to be part of this year's HUE Festival in Houston, part of Art Week. I will show work, do pop-up shops and live painting. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Paris, America Opening Feb. 13 Barrister's Gallery


Paris born American artist Beau Tardy will present new work at Barrister's Gallery for the opening of Paris, America. He will premiere new paintings, a video installation, drawings and a new book. As part of the group show French artists Louis J. Gore, Sebastien Birchler, Cyr Boitard along with Australian Mara Marich will be showing paintings, prints and sculpture.

'Dope' by Beau Tardy. Spraypaint, acrylic, stencil on canvas.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Ink is thicker than blood.

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For an American audience, Charlie Hebdo is like a crossover between Mad Magazine and underground comix from the 60s, full of satire and sex. It’s as if Robert Crumb and Jon Stewart had just been gunned down during a board meeting at Comedy Central.


I lived in France and read Charlie Hebdo throughout my teens. So I am using the hashtags #JeSuisCharlie #IAmCharlieHebdo to show my support for fellow cartoonists and express my utter sadness at their brutal murders.


However this hashtag, while well intentioned, is misleading. For if everyone is ‘Charlie Hebdo’ then everyone is a victim, which is exactly what the terrorists want. But if ‘being Charlie’ means having the guts to stand up to censorship in ALL its forms, including having the right to poke islamic fanaticism in the eye, then I’m all for it. Unfortunately, I feel the opposite is beginning to happen.


London imam Anjem Choudary correctly said in defense of the Paris shootings: “If freedom of expression can be sacrificed for criminalising incitement & hatred, Why not for insulting the Prophet of Allah? #ParisShooting — Anjem Choudary (@anjemchoudary)”


His ironclad logic is unassailable in this world of political correctness and ‘tolerance’. When you outlaw ONE WORD, you potentially outlaw them all. When freedom of expression, WHATEVER IT MAY BE gets threatened, freedom of thought gets censored too.


People are already being jailed for saying something stupid on Facebook or posting videos. Professionals are being fired for their political or religious views. ‘Hate speech’ is a criminal offense. But who gets to determine what qualifies as hate speech? Does Anjem Choudary get to make that call? And if not, why not?


If it is NOT OK to use certain words, whichever they may be, whatever the context, then censorship has already begun. Cartoonists, writers, artists, thinkers will begin to self-censure in the name of tolerance to disguise their fear. This is already happening.


Certain thoughts and opinions become taboo and mental repression sets in, whether it be coerced or self-inflicted. History is littered with entire civilizations being brainwashed this way, ie: Nazism or Communism. This is not something new.


What is new is that our generation, from the mid 20th century until now, has never had to face a true war on the Western homeland. We have enjoyed over 65 years of peace, with no major disruption to our modern way of life.


It felt natural for me as a kid and a teenager to dream of becoming a professional cartoonist. In fact, I have based my whole life on believing that being an artist was a valid, useful and worthwhile profession. I went to art school, got jobs doing illustrations, TV graphics, magazine layouts, paintings, video installations, music concerts and my childhood dream: cartoons. Even though I have had to navigate economic ups and downs, I always believed being an artist was a good thing.


Now art has been weaponized. Artists are at the forefront of a cultural war.


Every artist is going to ask themselves if their art will offend. Some will seek out controversy as a shortcut to publicity but most others cower away and end up erasing their ‘provocative’ drawings. The net effect, I fear in the long run will be that fewer and fewer people will stand up for those who are genuine champions of free speech, like Charlie Hebdo.


So while it’s great to say #IAmCharlieHebdo, especially when everyone else is doing it, who will in the end be bold enough to risk everything to say something that is politically incorrect, or offensive to some, or ‘hate speech’?


I am an artist and I can’t answer that question.


Beau Tardy

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Beau Tardy, Cyr Boitard, Louis-Jean Gorry, Mara Marich and Sebastien Birchler.

LaPopSexTVArtShow. Barrister's Gallery, New Orleans. Saturday, May 11 until June 1.

LaPopSexTVArtShow, the premiere, is a group exhibition by international media artists, Beau Ledoux Tardy, Mara Marich, Cyr Boitard, Louis Jean Gorry and Sebastien Birchler, opening on May 11 and running until June 1. The opening reception will take place at Barrister's Gallery in New Orleans, May 11 starting at 6pm.

Surveying the pop culture landscape from a privileged vantage point as international media professionals, the group presents never before seen work that bridges the gap between analog and digital, old world and new world.

From Emmy-nominated MTV writer and producer, Mara Marich, to award-winning motion designer and editor, Beau Tardy, French advertising film director Louis Jean Gorry and film set designer Sebastien Birchler, LaPop artists reconfigure mass media and Pop Culture into art, utilizing paint, pixels, video, mixed media, collage, sound and installations.

For the new Pop Culture Artist, everything is fair game. They sample from all existing media and cultures: internet, TV, movies, books, cartoons, music, games, fashion and advertising. Sampling is the new creative paradigm by which these artists reconfigure the recorded past and create the present.

In today's Electronic Culture, everything is accessible through one big wired global central nervous system of which we are all a part. Everyone is an artist and Pop Culture is the culture. Faced with cultural chaos and hysteria, LaPop artists remote-view the future and provide clues on how to successfully navigate from old to new.

LaPopSexTVArtShow is an exciting immersive art event designed to provoke and excite.

For all media inquiries contact 917-407-3319.