Video, colours, silent
“Quatre-Chemins” takes up the short format of a perfume advertisement, it is both the title of the video and the title of a perfume that I made during the confinement (it is currently presented in the CREDAC collective exhibition “La vie des tables”). This perfume is inspired by the different atmospheres I went through daily between my home and my workshop in Aubervilliers, in the spring. The perfume is called Quatre-Chemins like the metro station and the crossroads of the same name above which I live. The bottle in which the perfume is presented is ready-made, I bought it in a bazaar on Avenue Jean Jaurès. It initially contained a rather cheap but rather pleasant men’s eau de Cologne, of the “fleur de tabac” type. Quatre-Chemins is itself inspired by these types of men’s fragrances, made up of many tobacco notes, in reference to the smuggled cigarette sellers of Quatre-Chemins and the general – almost exclusively male – atmosphere of this crossroads.
The fragrance is composed of four facets, or four accords, called Malboro, Adrenaline, 4 Paths and Passage of Roses. It is a rather chaotic perfume where laundry, cold tobacco, coffee, essence and a more floral aspect, inspired by buddleia, contradicts the more “masculine” aspect of the other components. After making the perfume, I started filming the bottle, wanting to translate the smell into an image and evoke its different facets, its “atmosphere”. Last year, I made Sketch for a Smell (video visible on the Youtube account of the Balice Hertling gallery). This made me want to pursue visual experiments inspired by kinetic art and especially the latest films by Henri-Georges Clouzot.
Morgan Courtois, born in Abbeville in 1988, lives and works in Aubervilliers. He is a graduate of the Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon, he then studied botany in Par-is and more recently perfumery. He co-founded the artist-run space Pauline Perplexe in 2015. He joined the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in 2018 and 2019. In 2020 he co-founded the JOY project which invites a monthly artist to create a 4x3m poster on a billboard in Aubervilliers.
His work has been presented in several group and solo exhibitions, such as : La vie des tables, CREDAC, (Ivry-sur-Seine), Sculpture Garden, Biennale de sculpture d’Art (Geneva), Your friends and neighbors, Hight Art (Paris), Là où les eaux se mêlentes, Biennale de Lyon (Lyon), Body Splits, SALTS (Basel), DELIRIOUS, Lustwarande Park (Tillburg), It’s all tied up in a rianbow, CAC La Passerelle (Brest), I never dream of him before, Townhouse Gallery (Cairo), Subterranea, Galerie Florence Loewy, (Paris) ; Médusa, Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris (Paris); Rien ne nous appartient, offrir, Fonda-tion Ricard, (Paris); Vitrine A2, Le Plateau – FRAC Île-de-France, (Paris); The Great Depression, Galerie Balice Hertling, (Paris); Men with Broken Hearts, De la Charge, (Brussels). He won the Prix Meurice in 2017 and the Prix de Paris in 2013 (taken from the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon). Morgan Courtois is represented by the Balice Hertling Gallery in Paris.
“Intérieurs 2020” is a public commission of 10 short videos from 10 artists made by MAM Paris as part of its initiative to support young artistic scene.
In the current context of health crisis, the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, The Friends of Museum Society and its Committee on Contemporary Art has set up an initiative with the aim to support 10 young artists.
The artists selected by the curatorial team of the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris are Marie Angeletti, Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann, Gaëlle Choisne, Morgan Courtois, Arash Hanaei, Jean-Charles de Quillacq, Clément Rodzielski, Sara Sadik, Naoki Sutter-Shudo and Stefan Tcherepnin.
Each artist has been invited to create a short video without any specific theme imposed. Friends of the Museum Society donates the films united under the title «Intérieurs 2020».