Mikael Groc

“Plastic Laura” Image Copyright © Mikael Groc

Mikael Groc‘s paintings introduce the viewer to an alternative cosmos by proposing new imagery of society. The paintings bring together fragments of stagnant urban ruins, temporal digital culture and characters to describe politically-charged landscapes. His work begins with locating places: urban abandoned desafectees factories, buildings roofs, yards, ruins, construction sites, low- cost hotels Dirty walls where flowing traces of pollution and acid rain, traces time and human activity are often present.Such vestiges of a society in the late twentieth century, some urban ruins are out of temporality that is ours (internet, shopping …) to go out in a field economic and spacial.

In his digital work, he is constructing artificial images, where he integrates the characters. These places are then virtually reinvested and form a scene.

His painting is linked both to his image culture, that of television, advertising , posters around us, and to their composition, signs, symbols. The colors are bright and honest, attractive, such as those used in the advertisements. Repetition and rhythm work organize what we see in a staccato cadence, where the figures, colors, lights successive, alternate in a print linearity body Machine set to a measure flawless. Images are transcribed in a repertoire of forms of rhythms, colors that match the new symbols media that haunt our world , one takes to ask if we still dealing here with fiction.

Born in 1983 in Paris, Mikaél Groc began his artistic studies in France in the city Brest in the early 2000s. He moved to Brussels in 2007 to follow studies in restoration of works of art, then in the section Painting in the school ENSAV la Cambre. Talking about painting, drawing, digital art or video, he currently lives and works in Brussels where he continues his artistic research and pictorial on contemporary themes such as urban spaces, societal changes or the relationship to the media image and the history of art.