Petra Mrzyk and Jean-François Moriceau practise creativity the way some might practise a professional sport: as a team, and intensively. These bodybuilders of the imagination turn popular imagery into high art with little more than their expert use of India ink, which they shape into a sensual, tactile world where fantasies become obsessions.
Their drawings come alive in every form imaginable: a cadavre exquis app for iPhones, tramway tickets, stickers, tattoos, children’s books, music videos (for Justice, The Avalanches, Sébastien Tellier...) film credits, and ads.
Using the colourful, pop vocabulary that runs throughout their work, Mrzyk & Moriceau have created Nantes ici Nantes: a film resembling a journey, a poetic odyssey, and a cinematic daydream... In it, a character with infinite metamorphic possibilities explores the city by every possible means, discovering wild, fanciful architectures and mutant anatomies, along with Nantes’ tangible and intangible heritage. Forget your trite postcard images! Here, emblems of culture and tourism become excuses for every visual experiment imaginable in this surreal revamping of the city.
This work was temporarily on display last summer at the Little Atlantique Brewery, and has since found its rightful home on a large screen in the mezzanine of the city’s new train station, designed by Rudy Ricciotti, where it will become a permanent fixture.
By the same artists: Lunar Tree (Butte Sainte-Anne) and the artist-designed hotel room Est-il bien prudent d’envoyer des messages aux extraterrestres ? (“Is it a good idea to send messages to aliens?”) at Château du Pé as part of the Estuaire Nantes <> Saint-Nazaire collection.
By the same artists: Lunar Tree (Butte Sainte-Anne) and the artist-designed hotel room Est-il bien prudent d’envoyer des messages aux extraterrestres ? (“Is it a good idea to send messages to aliens?”) at Château du Pé as part of the Estuaire Nantes <> Saint-Nazaire collection. Special thanks to Gares et Connexions.
© Martin Argyroglo _ LVAN