In <Studies> we will deep dive into the research practice of French artist Roman Moriceau. Especially for this exhibition, he started a new experimentation cycle in May 2018 with materials, flowers, colours and new technology. In4Art stimulates this experimentation, because the outcomes and learnings will not only result in beautiful artistic work, but will also give us food-for-thought on mass consumption, ecological diversity and the circular economy. The artist documents the entire process of experiment. The choices, the failures and the origin of the final works will become an important part of the Spotlights exhibition and the public program. Flowers are selected and processed with a series of natural pigments and experiments are done to realize living photographs.
Central theme in the exhibition is how can we preserve nature in our fast-changing world? Moriceau helps us contemplate nature in its fragile and ephemeral condition, making it poetical and precious. He creates a contemporary ‘memento mori’ and is offering us an elixir.
Roman Moriceau is interested in the influence of humanity on biodiversity and how we can control the nature instead being a part of it. Consequently, he observes, analyses and critics our relationship with an individualistic consumer-driven world.
In his works, he is intermixing disciplines and pushing the boundaries of silk print. He conducts research and experiments with unexpected various techniques. By twisting the technique, playing with appearance and disappearance and mixing it with different senses, Moriceau is able to create aesthetic works fitting with his context of nature. Beautiful, but with a strong survivalism. Making his work hybrid, dynamic and transformable over time. Seducing the observer to go beyond first-sight impressions and open up for unexpected encounters.
Roman Moriceau (1976 – France) lives and works in Paris. He had the following solo exhibitions: Mono no aware at Archiraar Gallery (Brussels), Traumneustartversuch at Naked Soul in Hamburg (Ger), In heaven everything is fine at the Derouillon gallery (Paris), Smog at Kunsthaus Jetesberg (Ger), Corrélation at the Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Angers (Fr), Roman Moriceau at the Maison Martin Margiela of Tokyo (Jp). Group exhibitions include: Fluo Noir at BIP 2018 (Be), Forms follows information at the Biennale Internationale Design of Saint-Etienne (Fr), Salon Montrouge (Fr), Courtes joies at Jean-Baptiste Bouvet studio in Berlin (Ger). The Museum of Angers published a catalogue of his works.
The In4Art Spotlight is a concept to give an international artist the possiblity to present work in the Netherlands and start building a network. It will be the first time that the work of Roman moriceau will be presented in the Netherlands. The Spotlight shows new works and developments. Therfore, the theme of this exhibition is <Studies>. The show will be accompanied with an artist talk and a guided tour with the artist to guide curiosity. Three works of Moriceau are included in the In4Art Open Collection, because of his research approach and use of various materials to strengthen his message on mass consumption, biodiversity and vanity.
When: September 21st – September 30th, 2018
Opening hours: on Fridays, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm -5pm or by appointment.
Where: In4Art Project Space, Nieuwe Keizersgracht 54, Amsterdam
The Spotlight is accompanied with an intense program to tell the story behind the art works, relate to the topic and show the relevance in relation to radical observations on how our society is evolving.
The program exists of the following activities:
Friday 21st: Opening with a keynote on radical observations
Saturday 22nd: Artist Talk at 3PM & Guided tour every hour
Sunday 23rd: Artist Talk at 3PM & Guided tour every hour
Friday 28th: Radical Observations at 3PM
Saturday 29th: Guided tour every hour + kids quiz
Sunday 30th: Radical Observation at 3PM & Guided tour every hour
Limited parking is available in the immediate surroundings. The nearest guarded parking at Het Muziektheater, parking Waterlooplein in the Valkenburgerstraat 238.
With public transport In4Art project space can be reached by tram 7, 9, 10 or 14 or metro 51, 53 or 54, Waterlooplein or Weesperplein stop (5 min walk)