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David Ryan & Jérôme Joy

Nothing at All - Modes Idiorythmiques de la Coexistence
From 23/06/2016 to 11/09/2016
With Nothing at All, Idiorythmic Modes of Coexistence, the artists Jérôme Joy and David Ryan question the reality of the world with the poetic licence that has characterised their approach since their first collaboration, back in the early 1980s. Using actual events as the basis of their work, the project is deployed both within the Palais de Tokyo itself as well as at the heart of a specific geographic area, situated in Brittany, yet whose precise location the artists wish to keep under wraps. The narrative they develop recounts the birth of the clover hunter, a character personified by David Ryan, as well as the course of events related to his existence, and its uncertainties .

Through drawing, video or sound and musical creation, the artists combine autobiographical and fictional elements to explore the notion of coexistence. Their work deals with limitations and thresholds, upside down worlds and re-enchantment. Therefore, the clover hunter is not merely an imaginary character, but navigates between fiction and reality. Sometimes his dreams communicate and interact with the people willing to welcome them into their reality, leaving fragile forms emerge; evidence of exchanges, relations and relationships that can exist in both the visible and in the invisible.


The art project developed by Jérôme Joy and David Ryan gleans inspiration from their respective personal histories and the social and political reality of the 1980s. Particularly influenced by the troubles in Ireland and the political and economic context of the time, while also involved in the post-punk protest movement, their mutual scepticism towards institutions and the world of art led to the start of their collaboration. In recent years, they have developed artistically poetic work, which is both committed and discreet, and continues to question forms of liberty and the pursuit of happiness with delicacy, tenderness and kindness.

Curator : Katell Jaffrès


« La Chambre de la Reine » will be on view at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Brest Métropole, from  November 18, 2016 to February 26, 2017 , on the occasion of the exhibition Nothing at all, hypothèses de coexistence by David Ryan and Jérôme Joy.

Open every day except Tuesdays, from noon until midnight

Exhibition following the research project supported by the Centre nat ional des arts plastiques (Cnap) – Soutien pour une recherche/production (2015).
This exhbition benefits from the support of Musée des Beaux-Arts de Brest Métropole