Nature Makes Dirty Things Too.
French artist Theo Mercier has an absurd imagination that spurts out some bizarre imagery. Certain body parts, such as the eye, mouth, teeth and hands, feature heavily in his psychedelic sculptures and photographs, yet aren’t as they seem. The eyes are bloodshot or popping out of their sockets, the mouths are cartoon-like and the hands are brightly colored. What a trip!
The conversation between objects within Mercier’s photographs is mostly surreal, highly stylized and constructed. This is the beauty of studio photography, and Mercier knows it. The focus is usually on one or two objects that appear unrelated but sit so well together that you almost can’t question their appropriateness. Having worked with art-world heavyweights such as Matthew Barney, it’s no surprise that Mercier has developed a palette for the hyper real.
I will never look at a banana in the same way again.
Text by Marion Piper.