24 Pages, 14 x 20 cm, b/w Photocopy, Edition of 150, 2010
It’s a Zine by Mrzyk & Moriceau
Petra Mrzyk & Jean-François Moriceau (Châtillon-sur-Indre, France)
Since their collaboration began in Nantes in 1998, Moriceau & Mrzyk’s wholly characteristic black-and-white drawings have enveloped walls, contorted around corners, appropriated and encompassed entire rooms and sprung to life as morphing hand-animated films and video projections. Across an extensive oeuvre that directly and intuitively twists the familiar into absurdity, Moriceau & Mrzyk have generated a unique imaginary realm that is as formally beguiling as it is conceptually complex.
Although it is possible to draw references from a whole tradition of Gallic comic strips and animation spanning Topor to Tintin, as well as clear affiliations with graphic artists, R. Crumb and Raymond Pettibon, Moriceau & Mrzyk present a consummately complete visual perception that is entirely their own. Forging subjects from obscure banalities of the everyday, they experiment playfully with specific objects, scenes and incidents either by focusing on seemingly random details, or by recombining them within unexpected and incongruous contexts. Certain themes and motifs recur throughout as they continually modify and re-mix their subjects in order to reveal their hidden and equivocal connotations with more than a hint of innuendo and surreal witticism.