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ARTICULATION KUNTZEL+DEYGAS

From the 28th of May until the 15th of June, Kuntzel + Deygas present Articulation at the Joyce gallery (Paris, 1st district), an exhibition of drawings, objects and music revolving around movement and dialogue. Poster-drawings, storyboard inks, anthropomorphic speakers and soundtracks all converse and join together to compose the outline for an imaginary film sketched out by Olivier Kuntzel and Florence Deygas. Two great sound and image creators, to whom we owe among others, since 1988, the opening title for Steven Spielberg’s Catch me if you can, the iconic La Petite Robe Noire Guerlain character, the MiCha Lamp (sold at Bon Marché) or the two existential Italian dogs Cap & Pep whose adventures livened up the days of Colette and Vogue Japan.

​The exhibition brings together two series of organic ink drawings: ‘articulations’ by Olivier Kuntzel and ‘contorsions d’après modèle vivant’ (contortions based on a live model) by Florence Deygas. Several drawings from these two series will be enlarged onto hand-tufted carpets or reduced and silkscreen printed onto limited edition tote bags. Within the space 8 MinuSkull vanity speakers, imagined by the duo, will play sounds, music and speech as if in conversation with one another, creating a progressive soundscape where the starting point is a short French text entrusted to Google Translate and then gradually translated, manipulated and twisted from language to language before returning to a metamorphosed version of French, signed by Romain Turzi.

Olivier Kuntzel began this series of drawings with ink and gouache on mounting boards, tight framing and articulated arms, half organic half exoskeletons. They remind us of elegant fantasy movie posters. “Posters, because there is always a typographic sensation structuring my drawings. Traces are taut, curves evoke wellnegotiated trajectories and elegance is born from the impression of an encounter with a well-dressed beast. A poster holds a mystery which a movie will in turn reveal, yet here, there’s no movie, only mystery.” The gouache paintings mixed with metallic powder are framed without protective glass “to heighten and maintain the immediate contact with all of these textures. We risk alterations, yet in reality it is not a risk, it’s the life of the drawing which evolves, ages, develops patina, becoming more precious still with time.” For her series of sketches, Florence Deygas made an appointment with a contortionist “to destabilize myself a little in front of a live model. A first for me. The postures remained before my eyes for a few seconds, the 3 hours of the first session were like a breathless marathon. The movements were captivating. I have always been attracted to nude sketches and also to that which is born out of nerves.” The urgency of the moment frees the artist from technical skills and to draws one in closer to the living. “I found myself seeing a human body as if it were for the first time, astonished to see a head so close to a hip, no longer understanding where the anchoring point was. Next time I will drawn from within a zero gravity chamber!”

MinuSkull “We wanted the first spectators of the exhibition to be a group of 8 MinuSkull to whom we gave a bodies made from welded metal rods. They were made by Y.A.Atelier, based on our sketches. We then brought them to the composer Romain Turzi, who accepted to compose an eight voice musical piece for the installation.

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