The Gallery: Mrzyk & Moriceau

The Gallery: Mrzyk & Moriceau

amy chase
May 10, 2007

Introducing Petra Mrzyk & Jean-Francois Moriceau

Their drawings are in turns dark, hilarious, unsettling, surprising and utterly engaging. Check out what may be one of my favorite installations for a gallery show ever...

A Mrzyk & Moriceau drawing between two Warhol Cat lithographs

The spirit of collaboration runs deep in this fantastic duo; every drawing, be it on paper or on the wall, bears the mark of both their hands. They also create installation drawings that respond to architectural spaces and incorporate the work of other artists.

Mrzyk & Moriceau drawing "listening" to a Tom Wesselmann

Max Lang (the gallery hosting this show) specializes in the sale of works by important contemporary and modern artists (think Picasso and Warhol to Chuck Close and Kiki Smith.) In this show, Mrzyk & Moriceau have created playful and thought-provoking vignettes -- painted and drawn directly on the walls -- that interact with the work by various art luminaries from the gallery's collection.

The gallery has two floors… make sure to see both!

And the back room is filled with 141 original drawings on paper.

Installation of framed drawings

For such small and graphically clear drawings they manage to take their time at revealing their charms – a second and third look will always be rewarded. And their installation (above) is a stunner! They are all set into a rendering of black paint dripping from the ceiling down the walls.

Untitled (1719.2007), 2007. Ink on Paper. 8 1/4 x 11 3/4

Untitled (1500.2005), 2005. Ink on Paper. 8 1/4 x 11 3/4

Untitled (1528.2005), 2005. Ink on Paper. 8 1/4 x 11 3/4

I enjoyed trying to look for "two" styles combined in each drawing.

Untitled (804.2002), 2002. Ink on Paper. 8 1/4 x 11 3/4

Untitled (1604.2006), 2006. Ink on Paper. 8 1/4 x 11 3/4

Untitled (1670.2007), 2007. Ink on Paper. 8 1/4 x 11 3/4

Untitled (1677.2007), 2007. Ink on Paper. 8 1/4 x 11 3/4

All drawings above are signed, numbered, and dated on verso, and $1,200 framed. The wall drawings (including the works by other featured artists) are also available for purchase (by vignette) and would be installed by the artists in your own space.

The "A View to a Kill" show will be up until June 1 at the Max Lang Gallery, 229 Tenth Avenue (between 23rd and 24th streets) NYC. Go see it in person!

Click here to see more of their work and past shows (most taking their titles from James Bond Movies...i.e. Moonraker, Octopussy, Docteur No).

Inquiries? Please contact the gallery directly via email.

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