Originally from Brest, Jean-Marie Appriou (*1986) has developed an individual, mystically and surreally charged visual language as a sculptor. Appriou believes in the inherent dynamics of his materials, among which, despite his archaic tendencies in terms of content, he finds modern aluminium particularly appealing. This metal, the extraction of which requires enormous amounts of energy, is usually associated with smooth surfaces – but Appriou likes to use it in a rough, unruly manner. Likewise, the ways in which Noses is perceived are disparate. The upper parts of the sculpture, made of bronze, indicate two feminine figures morphed into the crocodile’s back: Sleeping? Floating? Ecstatic? Appriou is a master of positing such archetypes. With these, he develops seemingly crazy sculptural configurations that lead observers into a multitude (and ultimately an infinity) of interpretations – like in Greek mythology.
Installed at Maagplatz by Prime Tower in Western Zurich, Appriou’s Noses also functions as an artistic outpost for the project New North Zurich. It will capture plenty!
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich/New York