Spring 1984. Breeding season of species. From about 200 millions of spermatozoa, only a few hundred will make it through the uterine tube. The spermatozoon X is one of them. The oocyte X is patiently waiting for natural selection to happen. Prune Nourry shouted out her first cry in Paris, France on January 30, 1985. Artist in gestation, she studied in vitro at the Ecole Boulle, specializing in sculpture, and drawing inspiration from the themes that surround anthropology and bioethics. Though sculpture is still a strong part of her work, Nourry is now a multi-disciplinary artist who explores mediums such as photography and film, and attempts to transcend their flatness by creating delicate sculptural pieces the audience can interact with. Offering an accessible, and participatory art experience to viewers is essential for Nourry. Through the humorous medical world she recreates in her performances, artworks and exhibition design, Nourry brings attention to some of the issues that arise from our rapid scientific evolution. Nourry currently produces her hybrids from a sunbathed studio at The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, where she will be presenting her most recent works in the Holy River solo exhibition opening on May 12th, 2012. The show will be the culmination of a three-year project on gender selection focused on India. A first glimpse of the project was offered to the public in the Holy Daughters exhibition in Paris in 2011. Life size sculptures mixing Indian sacred cow and adolescent girl features populated the former milk factory Nourry chose as her art venue. Photographs applied to x-ray light-boxes, videos projected on milk, and latex glove chandelier installations were scattered among these mythical deities spurred from the artist’s imagination. The 2010 In Vitro series, also presented in her last show in Paris, offers another step in the artist’s medium exploration, and questions the pre-implantation diagnosis: the pre-selection of human embryos. Vintage glass chemistry lab tubes are hung on the wall, imitating body organs from which light is delicately diffused. In 2009, the artist began her Procreative Dinners (ephemeral works crossing art, science and gastronomy), bringing together a star chef and a scientist to reflect on the idea of children “à la carte” – first tasted in Paris and Geneva, and soon presented in New York. Nourry’s Bébés Domestiques (Pet Babies) were born in 2006 to question the anthropomorphism of pets through “genetic manipulation.” During her Adoption Day events in Paris, London, Brussels, and New York, the human-animal hybrid silicone sculptures set to the streets in search of adoptive parents. Nourry’s current research will be taking her on an adventure to China in the coming months. More soon.
We are pleased to announce the Invisible Dog’s artist in residency, Prune Nourry’s upcoming exhibition of her Terracotta Daughters in Paris at the Centquatre art center from March 22nd through June 9th, 2014. Prune’s latest project invites to question gender imbalance through the appropriation of the ancient Chinese Terracotta Warriors.
Upcoming exhibition: March 2015: Solo Show – Main Gallery.