Agnes Moraux at SCHLOSS

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Artist: Agnes Moraux

Exhibition title: Deep joke

Venue: SCHLOSS, Oslo, Norway

Date: August 19 – September 18, 2016

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and SCHLOSS

– He can see no sign that he is joking. Or if it is a joke, it is a very deep joke.

SCHLOSS is pleased to present the first exhibition of the Brussels-based artist Agnes Moraux. For “Deep joke”, Moraux presents eleven new drawings.

Originally trained in law and history at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Moraux has in recent years developed a prolific drawing practice of which nothing has been exhibited, her imagery referencing both comics/pulp culture (Frank Frazetta) and the old masters (Dürer, Titian, Pisanello). For this show Moraux has excluded drawings of masks, 19th century cloaks, fights, daddydom, seascapes, Neanderthals and scissors to focus on a selection of birds, mostly waders or fowl.

“A bad drawing doesn’t destroy a good idea,” Moraux states. “Drawing is very fast and practical. I draw fowl. They are prone to gang rape. Meanwhile, the stork has long been viewed as a powerful symbol of birth and new life, most notably in the story of how babies come to be.”

Agnes Moraux (Norwegian and Belgian, b. 1992, Ostend, Belgium) studied history and law at Université Libre de Bruxelles. This is her first exhibition. Moraux lives and works in Brussels.

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Agnes Moraux, Ensor Bird, 2016
Indian ink and watercolor on paper, 54.0 cm x 37.3 cm / 59 cm x 42 cm

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Agnes Moraux, Alpha Seagull, 2016
Ballpoint pen on paper, 13.5 cm x 8.2 cm / 18 cm x 13 cm

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Agnes Moraux, Stork Throne, 2016
Pencil, ink and wash on paper, 41.4 cm x 26.6 cm / 7 cm x 32 cm

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Agnes Moraux, Panicking in a Second, 2016
Indian ink on paper, 36.0 cm x 30.2 cm / 41 cm x 35 cm

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Agnes Moraux, The Stork and the James, 2016
Red ink on paper, 53.8 cm x 39.6 cm / 59 cm x 45 cm

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Agnes Moraux, Blue Flamingo, 2016
Ballpoint pen, watercolor, gouache on paper, 19.0 cm x 13.0 cm / 24 cm x 18 cm

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Agnes Moraux, Bird Strangler, 2016
Indian ink, gouache on paper, 40.5 cm x 30.5 cm / 45.5 cm x 35.5 cm

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Agnes Moraux, Flasher Fowl, 2016
Indian ink, watercolor on paper, gouache, 32.3 cm x 22.6 cm / 37 cm x 28 cm

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Agnes Moraux, Pelican Boss, 2016
Ballpoint pen and pastel on paper, 39.5 cm x 26.5 cm / 44.5 cm x 31.5 cm

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Agnes Moraux, That Beak, 2016
Ballpoint pen and pastel on paper, 65.5 cm x 39.2 cm / 62 cm x 44.5 cm

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Agnes Moraux, Stressed Vulture, 2016
Watercolor on paper, 41.0 cm x 31.0 cm / 45 cm x 36 cm

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Agnes Moraux, Guinea Fowl, 2016
Pencil, color pencil, blue ink on paper, 50.0 cm x 70.3 cm / 55 cm x 75 cm

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