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We Were the Robots, by Michel Blazy

Opening: January 25, 2019 from 6-8PM.
On view from January 26 to May 11, 2019.

Free and open to the public.

Michel Blazy’s new exhibition We Were the Robots, will be on view at The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University from January 26 to May 11.

As a key part of the Moody's spring exhibition program, the site-specific installation is a fable about resilience, featuring burnt transport pallets that depict robots and animals working on the ruins of a post-apocalyptic landscape. It represents a world that tries to become alive again on the consumed remains of an absurd way of life with its commercial exchanges, its human relations, its energy productions, its consumerism and its waste. It will be presented in the framework of A Night of Philosophy and Ideas, addressing the theme of ecology.

Exhibiting for the first time in Texas, French artist Blazy is known for working with live and mutating materials in projects that bring attention to the natural transformation of matter over time, with elements of poetry and humor.

The installation is supported by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston and is a grantee of the FACE Foundation - Étant donnés Contemporary Art program. FACE Foundation’s Étant Donnés is developed in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, with lead funding from the Florence Gould Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Chanel USA, the ADAGP, the French Ministry of Culture, and Institut Français. 

About the artist:

Born in 1966 in Monaco, Michel Blazy lives and works in Paris. Since his studies at the Villa Arson in the ‘90s, the artist has worked on the use of unusual materials, generally issued from his everyday life, objects and substances that can be found in kitchens, or live organisms extracted from his own garden. Michel Blazy’s use of materials concurs to show the evolution and freedom of projects aiming to underline the passing of time. From his very first experiences with lentils, to his « peeling walls » and all the way to his foam-fountains, Michel Blazy’s pieces spotlight transformations of matter and leave a prominent place to hazard and unpredictability. Often criticizing nowadays consumerism, but always making use of poetry and humor, his work not only questions the status of artwork but also proposes alternatives to reconcile artificiality and nature, the world of technology and the world of living organisms.

His work has been purchased by numerous public collections among which: The National Museum of Modern Art – Centre Pompidou; the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tasmania; the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris; the New Museum of Monaco; Les Abattoirs, Toulouse and several regional funds for contemporary art.

Several personal exhibitions have been consecrated to his work in the last years, among them : 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale Di Venezia (2017) ; Pull Over Time, Art : Concept (2015) ; Bouquet Final 3, National Gallery of Victoria ; Melbourne White Night (2013) ; Le Grand Restaurant, Frac Île-de-France, Paris (2012) ; Débordement domestique, Art : Concept, Paris (2012) ; Post Patman, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2007).