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Morgan Courtois

Born 1988 in Abbeville (France),
lives and works in Paris (France)

The recent works of Morgan Courtois move away from his previously more abstract and minimalist approach to art and embrace the figurative, the decorative and the sensual. Although architecture and botany continue to inform the artist’s investigations, in recent years his plaster and ceramic sculptures have derived from the male body and the notion of morbidezza, somewhere between delicacy and violence. In these pieces, the artist blends inspirations such as erotic photography of the early 20th century and classical statuary; and has models reprise these poses in studio shoots. Morgan Courtois created his installation by working from enlarged fragments of his own pictures, from accentuated details, twisted bodies and reactions of materials. The artist plays with the visual ambiguity between the fold of an armpit and the pleat of a fabric, and with the organic association of ornamental elements such as leaves of giant hogweed, an invasive and toxic plant whose smell, characterised by “rash-inducing” accords, he seeks to reproduce. These works form a landscape both baroque and minimalist, blurring traditional categories and representations that set subject against object,
and nature against artifice.

With the help of Brochier Soieries
With the kind collaboration
of Musée des Moulages de Lyon
Acknowledgements : Sarah Betite, EKWC, Jules Goupy, Marianne Peijnenburg, Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Octave Rimbert-
Rivière, Thomas Vandenhecke,
Anouk van Wijk

Morgan Courtois, A blow. Falling forms. Armpits, hip and twisted back with a bouquet of Heracleum mantegazzianum (détail), 2019. Courtesy de l’artiste et [of the artist and] Balice Hertling, Paris. © Blaise Adilon