OCTOBER 16th 2019 – JANUARY 4th 2020: ÉLISÉE RECLUS, UNE BIOGRAPHIE

Artists: florentine & Alexandre Lamarche-Ovize

Curator: Solenn Morel

Since their beginnings, Florentine and Alexandre Lamarche-Ovize claim a filiation of the movement Arts and Crafts, which was founded by William Morris, a militant for the reconciliation of low and high arts. Being painters, ceramists, sculptors, and furniture creators at the same time, they proclaim a practice of drawing freed from its academic conventions. They naturally focused their most recent research on the figure Elisée Reclus and his journey. Former communard and astounding pedagogue to whom knowledge handover should go over geographical and social boundaries, he is the author of « Universal Geography ». While the words of the libertarian geographer are enough to echo the noises of the forest or the water flowing, Florentine and Alexandre Lamarche-Ovize intend to recreate a mass of landscape – throughout drawings, silkscreen printings, printings on fabric, as well as ceramics with invigorating colours – recalling the pleasure of wandering in nature, a place of tonic effect and renewing according to the author’s own words.

Florentine et Alexandre Lamarche-Ozive, Fantin-Latour, Un cocktail, 2017, charcoal wall, 280 x 350 cm, Marea, individual exhibition, Gallery Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain. © Daviz Zarzoso