Florentine & Alexandre Lamarche-Ovize

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Exhibition    Production    Works    Biography

Exhibition

  • From 17th June to 24th September 2017
    At Le Grand Café - contemporary art centre
    Opening on the 16th June 2017 at 6pm30

Florentine & Alexandre Lamarche-Ovize cultivate an engaged, resolutely hybrid, and expanded practice that mixes art and craft. Their works are true visual inquiries, developed by assemblage and revealing a compilation of references that simultaneously draw on the everyday, popular culture, and art history. For them, drawing is omnipresent. It allows for thought to exist, in the form of sketches and notes. It spreads across the walls and other supports—ceramics or wallpapers—with a gentle and abundant eccentricity.
At Le Grand Café, with the end of the 19th century as a backdrop, they weave together several stories and mix the utopian visions of William Morris, fervent militant of English socialism and founder of the Arts & Crafts movement, with those of Elisée Reclus, libertarian geographer and participant in the Commune. Although the two men corresponded, they were never able to meet and combine their utopian visions: this exhibition grants that wish.

News from Veracruz—it could be the title of an adventure story—Veracruz, or the damp exoticism of a colonial city that became a port for the Mexican navy… By placing the imaginary décor of their exhibition in that town, Florentine & Alexandre Lamarche-Ovize incorporate a biographical dimension, seen through the prism of a more global history: the artists have in fact recently produced ceramics in Mexico, displayed on the first floor of Le Grand Café. The pieces were brought back to Europe by boat from Veracruz, a port which was once connected to Saint-Nazaire by a transatlantic link. By a strange coincidence a group of Communards attempted, without success, to implant a community over there and it is precisely this period at the end of the 19th century that inspired the artists for their project for Saint-Nazaire. Thanks to the hazards of history and unexpected geographical connections, Florentine & Alexandre Lamarche-Ovize create an elaborate visual story that takes in several spaces and times and where one thing unlocks another.

Under the cover of innocent forms—bunches of flowers, bucolic scenes or decorative motifs, Lamarche-Ovize explore the power of a coded visual language that is much more engaged than it first seems. Out of this voyage through decorative motifs and this falsely naïve world comes an acerbic reflection on revolutionary thought and the forms that embody it: a subversive chronicle, directly engaged with today’s world, of the value of labour, geopolitics, and the fundamental ties between ecology and philosophy.
Eva Prouteau

Curator
Sophie Legrandjacques, director of Le Grand Café - contemporary art centre, Saint-Nazaire


Production

Ground Floor - Grande salle

Le globe et l’acanthe, 2017
Paravent: serigraphy on coated canvas and painted steel
340 x 190 cm et 160 x 190 cm
Production Le Grand Café - contemporary art centre, Saint-Nazaire

To Sarah (William & Rihanna), 2015
Mixed media on paper
120 x 180 cm
Courtesy Galerie Georges-Philippe et Nathalie Vallois

Lamp after Morris, 2017
Sandstone, Light system
50 x 30 x 30 cm
original edition
Production Le Grand Café - contemporary art centre, Saint-Nazaire

Rencontre à Veracruz, 2017
Acrylic, charcoal, serigraphy and pastel
16 x 2,6 m
Production Atelier Arcay et Le Grand Café - contemporary art centre, Saint-Nazaire

Platitos, 2017
14 enamelled earthenware plates
Diameter 28 cm
Production Le Grand Café - contemporary art centre, Saint-Nazaire

Petite salle and stairs

Elisée Reclus, une biographie, 2017
Mixed media on paper
110 x 160 cm
Production Le Grand Café - contemporary art centre, Saint-Nazaire

Au loin, 2017
Charcoal wall art
420 x 330 cm
Production Le Grand Café - contemporary art centre, Saint-Nazaire

Varech, 2017
Charcoal wall art
100 x 70 cm
Production Le Grand Café - contemporary art centre, Saint-Nazaire

First Floor

Varengeville, 2017
250x250cm
Production Le Grand Café - contemporary art centre, Saint-Nazaire

Works

Ground Floor - Grande salle

William, des motifs, 2017
Serigraphy 6 crossing
20 éditions
110 x 160 cm
Production Atelier Arcay

Le bouquet d’Anna, 2016
Gouache on paper
40 x 50 cm

Rentilly (Macule), 2017
Serigraphy on the wall
320 x 220 cm
Production Atelier Arcay

First Floor

El murro, 2015
Enamelled earthenware
115x63x35 cm

La bruschetta del domingo, 2015
Enamelled earthenware
60x50x140cm

Pop column (manzana), 2015
Enamelled earthenware
30x50x30cm

Zapato
Enamelled earthenware

Cabeza de huevo, 2015
Enamelled earthenware
40x40x70cm

Manzana
Enamelled earthenware

Pop column (perro), 2015
Enamelled earthenware
130x30x30cm

El alcachofa, 2015
Enamelled earthenware
80x80x50cm

Sueno de huevo, 2015
Enamelled earthenware
120x30x30cm

Bruschetta, perros sobre cajas, 2015
Enamelled earthenware
80x40x30cm

Manzana y hielo, 2015
Enamelled earthenware
130x60x60cm

Los Perros, 2015
Enamelled earthenware
82x40x40 cm

Pop column (pequena), 2015
Enamelled earthenware
30x50x30cm

Zapato y manzana, 2015
Enamelled earthenware

Nopale y zapato, 2015
Enamelled earthenware
60x60x30cm

Pop column (enano), 2015
Enamelled earthenware
120x30x30cm

Los floras y el perro, 2015
Enamelled earthenware


Biography

Born respectively in 1980 and 1978, Alexandre & Florentine Lamarche-Ovize live and work in Aubervilliers. Since 2006, they have signed a joint production : www.lamarche-ovize.com.
 

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