Jules de Balincort is a French artist whose design work wonderfully reinvents maps of The United States according to his own satirical new world order. Highlights from this series were exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, you can see more images on the gallery site. I love this light, bright, pop-art. In US World Studies II, de Balincort divides the US into a mess of squares and colors that seem to have no basis in anything. It could be just great fun, and that’s where I’m going to leave my critique, because I think we can just like something because we like it, and don’t always need to throw some words around the pieces of work.
In fact, Robert Mars (where I first discovered Jules de Balincort) has good words on de Balincort’s work.
Being a huge fan of maps I was instantly drawn to his work. De Balincourt uses American maps reinvented for his own comical New World Order. States are represented by bright planes of color but without any real context. His maps have political intention and commentary. Some of the maps act as graphs for imaginary data of financial and political party affiliation. In the end, his visual sense is perfect. His color palette and compositions add to his story.
De Balincourt’s art is pop art at its finest. His use of graphic design, maps and a strong point of view all makes for a perfect mix!