NATION OF ANGELA. CHAPTER 06. THE BATTLE FOR NOA.
Exhibition from December 5th 2006 to January 16th 2007
Opening on December 2nd 2006 17:00 - 21:00
Exhibition from December 5th 2006 to January 16 th 2007
Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 - 19:00
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"I Have No Comprehension of what’s going to Happen to Me, Do
Nation of Angela (NOA) is an island jealously preserved, an arch that is surviving in the
middle of a flood, a regained Heaven.
Geographical location: uncertain. Temperature: ideal. Density:
dreamlike. Area: extendable endlessly. NOA is an area elastic like
a liquid crystal screen. The official language is e-poetry, language as hybrid
as eccentric born from translation systems on the Internet; some Babylonian
informatics that each citizen enjoys, whether he is a pop singer or a simple
motto - “Let’s flee clustered”-
recommends the escapade and fantasizing as a remedy for every pain. “Respect the past, grasp the future” is
In the heart of an aesthetic nebula, NOA is a
utopia where a Dadaist flavour, a dose of Surrealism, but also a bit of
Minimalism, some rock impulses and a pop electronic spirit are all mixing up.
And the list can get longer, because NOA doesn’t deny itself
anything and just expresses whatever the mean: wall drawings, video,
sculptures, objects … Among other sensual phantasmagoria.
Populated with fabulous animals, hybrid creatures and fantastic beings, NOA
is above all a utopia created from nothing by the artist.
Invited by ADDICT
Galerie to present her first personal exhibition, Sophie Toulouse
lets us visit a chapter from NOA’s History.
We are driven straight into a civil war, which battles have been
recounted in the sixth chapter of the Bible of NOA: one
of the eminent narratives has been reported by the musician and writer Scott Mac Cloud.
In this war, the honest citizens of NOA confront the invincible
and massive army of “FAT ELVIS”.
Is it a struggle between an anorexic army against a bulimic army? These are the
two faces of the same tormented social body, confronted, with the same
harshness, to the same state regime.
As genius and talented as bulimic and tortured, the singer Elvis is the
reference and symbol which represents “FAT
ELVIS” army. From the beginning, on several screens, this
army exhibits and spreads its best warriors. In offensive position, with their
boxing gloves and deck out with their “banana-shaped” hair, a group
of characters with the head of the singer Elvis make some shows by force and
On the gallery’s wall, a fresco resumes black on white, the main events
of those battles. Both on the surface and in the underground version, the
conflict is fierce. The soldiers of the two armies indulge in fighting and in
carnal temptations. It is the musician Philippe Deshaies, who translates
these hot scenes in a pop-Wagnerian impulse.
An impression of Armageddon emerges from this musical composition, in
addition to what, one can smell fragrances, see drawings, sculptures, and a
cabinet of curiosities as well.
It is the occasion to the visitor, to relive with all his senses and
from the inside, one of the most important chapters of the History of NOA.