Florian & Michael Quistrebert (born in 1982 and 1976 in France) live and work in The Hague and Nantes. The brothers combine video and painting in a practice in which they explore the effects of light and shade, while bringing forward ideas of fascination, manipulation of the gaze, and their relationship to hypnosis, ecstasy and trance states. Taking elements that naturally attract our eye – fluorescent colors, sparkles, shiny and iridescent surfaces, LED lights – contrasted with content that is subtle and abstract.
Within their painterly practice, they make use of unconventional materials such as iridescent and high gloss automotive coatings and embedded LEDS, combined with heavy layers of modeling paste, as to optimize the reflection of light and to dematerialize the painted surface. Through playing with matter, movement and light, the seductive paintings capture and manipulate the gaze of the viewer.
Florian & Michael Quistrebert both graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, and have been working together since 2007. They participated in several residencies including the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (2011-2012). Their work is present in numerous public and private collections. Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include the Centre de Creation Contemporaine in Tours, France (2019); The Light of the Light at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016); and Visions of Void at Dundee Contemporary Arts, UK (2015). Recent group shows include Close Up (2016) at EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam (2016); Un mural, des tableaux at Plateau/ FRAC Île-de-France, Paris (2015); Superficial Hygiene at De Hallen, Haarlem (2014); De leur temps at Hangar à Bananes, Nantes; Le Club des Sous l’Eau at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Dynamo: Un siècle de lumière et de mouvement dans l’art. 1913-2013 at Galeries Nationales du Grand-Palais, Paris; The End of the Night at LACE, Los Angeles (2013); and Les Mystères de l’Ouest at Centre Georges Pompidou / Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris (2012).
Florian & Michael Quistrebert were nominated for Prix Marcel Duchamp, Paris (2014) and won the NN Group Art Award at Art Rotterdam (2017) and World Masters of Projection Mapping Award at EYE Filmmuseum (2018).