NEW YORK, NY.- Haunch of Venison
presents a Project Room by Marlène Mocquet, featuring new work by the artist, including four paintings and two ceramic works. The exhibition runs through June 16th.
Mocquets paintings depict a fantastical world of animated and anthropomorphic creatures inhabiting a universe filled with hallucinogenic splashes of color. At first glance the works appear to portray a vision of whimsical fantasy, but upon further observation reveals a much darker more sinister existence. The beautiful realms Mocquet introduces are filled with menacing characters and macabre undertones set in a most beautifully tactile and opulent universe.
Mocquets paintings are an overflowing lush world inhabited by otherworldly beasts, manga and cartoon characters, and prehistoric imagery. However, it is not the characters that dictate Mocquets paintings but her instinctive and passionate use of material. As stated by Roberta Smith (New York Times, August 10, 2007)
she exploits paints possibilities with flair, working thick, then thin, dripping, pouring and staining. It is from these thick impasto-like layers of paint, alongside billowing clouds of glitter and lengthy drips of enamel that Mocquets imagery is born.
One of the highlights of the exhibition, Le Barrissement de la Peinture (The Trumpeting of the Paint), is a modest nine inches high and features a diaphanous figure gathering apples in a candy-colored landscape. Strange creatures surround the figure, one spewing paint into anothers throat through a long elephant-like trunk. The paint then gushes off the canvas. Wax, enamel, glitter and layer upon layer of paint enable Mocquet to achieve a highly tactile surface in which her figures take on a nearly sculptural quality. Her work, is both playful and grotesque, sharp and subtle, and warrants great inspection.
Marlene Mocquet (b. 1979) was born in Maison Alfort, France, and currently lives and works in Paris. Mocquet graduated from Paris Ecole Normale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in 2006. She has had recent solo exhibitions at the Musee dArt Contemporain, Lyon (2009), Musee de LAbbaye de Sainte-Croix, Les Sables dOlonne (2012); Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris (2010), Viennafair, Vienna, Austria (2010) and Feast Projects gallery, Hong Kong (2012).