The David Bloch Gallery is pleased to have received Morran Ben Lahcen for his exhibition [ HORIZONTAL] .
The opening was held Saturday, May 10 in the presence of the artist and the exhibition lasted until June 10, 2014.
The undeniable and singular talent of the artist , recognized as the pioneer of graffiti in Morocco contributes since he started to the contemporary artistic creation in the country, thanks to his ability to reinvent himself and to express new technics. He attacks walls with energy, patience and fury, year after year he has developed his own graphic signature. Recently he has invested the Maserati showroom in Casablanca, but he also collaborated with several other brands.
He is presenting works on canvas, on wood and sculptures at the David Bloch Gallery.
Since very young, he started drawing , and Morran had discovered this was a passion for hi since the beginning.
Deeply oriented in artistic research, it is through the American culture and more specifically the one of the graffiti that Morran’s art naturally was born.
Morran Ben Lahcen went through all the steps from the street to the studio, he was the pioneer of street art in Morocco and has imposed his style for many years. He met different people from different backgrounds, of all ages and of different nationalities which allowed him to expand his artistic vision at several levels .
“The horizontal and the vertical ”
The man is a cross , and none of the two dimensions can be forgotten without creating a lack , a void, and a suffering. The man lives, so he is in the horizontality, the man is created, so he is in the verticality , the man is confluent and meets people, matrix and universe, model as the image of the model.
The concerns of the man are often horizontal : he wants more money, more fame , more rewards.
The material horizon itself is a horizontal world , it is flat , crushing , and appears stable.
The things of this universe are, the next day, where we left them yesterday, and maybe some of us are reassured by arranging them in a specific place, as if a creature could choose where to place a thing …
Sometimes , the man is bored by the horizontality of the things and it worries him. He would like to “get higher”, “out of the water”, “change his perspective.” He would like to be less busy by the “things” .
But the horizontal world is like a closed space , a soft prison, where no easy way out is possible.
Some veils prevent us from raising, from getting out of this terrible and overwhelming
horizontality, where everybody is simulating . ”
Morran Ben Lahcen