The rotten, foaming, decaying art of Michel Blazy
September 8, 2012 1:58 PM   Subscribe

Michel Blazy is a French artist who "attempts to create multi-sensorial and changing spaces and sculptures to show the uncertainties of our condition". His Post Patman show in 2007 was truly designed to be experienced by all senses, designed with "the organic, the perishable, the mould-making." Some was pretty benign, like the atomic mushroom made of 91 kilos of soy noodles and the chocolate chickens. Then there are the piles of rotting orange peel halves and the truly fragrant wall painted with mashed potatoes and beetroot purée. His newest installation was much more pleasing to the senses: Bouquet Final was a wall of foam fountains in a 13th century structure, le Collège des Bernardins. More of Blazy's work at Galerie Art Concept.
posted by filthy light thief (6 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
The installation contrasts the stability of the renovated church with ever changing foam bubbles cascading around metal scaffolding like gigantic strips of cotton candy to show the fragility of life.

You've gotta be fucking kidding me.
posted by Jeff Mangum's Penny-farthing at 2:56 PM on September 8, 2012 [5 favorites]

Ah! Saw his stuff in at the Palais de Tokyo once, and foolishly forgot the artist's name. Thanks for this. They had to install plastic sheet curtains like in a walk-in freezer to keep the stink confined to one room.

@Jeff Mangum's Penny-farthing -- what's so absurd about that? Maybe it's a stretch to say that's the only way to view it, but it's entirely reasonable to talk about fragility when you're putting something extremely light and mobile next to something heavy old and fixed. The show of his I saw years ago has stuck with me as one the most living, temporary exhibits I've ever seen in a museum. Everything there had the reek and crawl of something alive.
posted by nímwunnan at 3:04 PM on September 8, 2012

It ain't art if it doesn't involve chocolate chickens; everyone knows that.
posted by parki at 3:08 PM on September 8, 2012 [1 favorite]

multi-sensorial and changing spaces and sculptures to show the uncertainties of our condition

That's nice.

My own work explores the relationship between critical theory and counter-terrorism. With influences as diverse as Nietzsche and Frida Kahlo, new combinations are manufactured from both traditional and modern dialogues.

Ever since I was a pre-adolescent I have been fascinated by the traditional understanding of the human condition. What starts out as vision soon becomes manipulated into a hegemony of defeat, leaving only a sense of decadence and the prospect of a new order.

As undefined phenomena become clarified through diligent and undefined practice, the viewer is left with a statement of the undefined of our culture.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 4:27 PM on September 8, 2012 [4 favorites]

I was interested that Blazy moved from something so distinct as rotting food to the more visually pleasant (and easy to capture for those who can't be at the installation) as the foam wall. He worked with foam in the 2007 Post Patman show, with Fontaine de mousse, but there the foam came out of rubbish bins. I wondered if he intended to appeal to a wider audience, or if he just liked the idea of temporary foam in a centuries-old building.
posted by filthy light thief at 5:04 PM on September 8, 2012

How is the foam made? Does it leave residue behind?
posted by The otter lady at 8:02 PM on September 8, 2012

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