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"Les Yeux Du Chat" by Moebius/Jodorowsky

by Suzanne on February 25th, 2011


Page from Les Yeux Du Chat by Alejandro Jodorowsky, illustrated by Jean Giraud/Moebius - click to enlarge

Now people who know me are aware that yellow really isn't my colour of choice, but when I spotted these absolutely breathtaking Moebius illustrations over at the blog for all things Moebius, Quenched Consciousness (recommended to me by the amazing Nicholas Kahn), to Alejandro Jodorowsky's Les Yeux Du Chat, I had to rethink.

Quenched Consciousness says about the concept behind the series:

"So Les Yeux Du Chat’s narrative is a pretty simple one, but it’s got kind of an interesting structure. The book is like a series of two page spreads [...] (In) every odd numbered, or lefthand, page [...] all that can be seen is the silhouette of a man and the frame of his window [...]. The righthand pages are gorgeous splash pages showing a bird (named Meduz) attack and kill a cat, steal its eyes, and bring them to the man in the tower (who has an apparent psychic link with Meduz).

This simple back and forth of the page structure is surprisingly engrossing, both humanizing this sad man desperate to see and elevating the life of a bird to a kind of intimidating scale.

In all it’s 53 pages in length, the size a typical French album comic book."


Page from Les Yeux Du Chat by Alejandro Jodorowsky, illustrated by Jean Giraud/Moebius - click to enlarge

You can see some of the scans revealing architectural visions that would make a Hugh Ferriss and Fritz Lang tremble in awe, beautifully rendered animal scenes reminiscent of Christopher Conn Askew and apocalyptic dehumanisations à la Zdzislaw Beksinski by looking up the Yeux du chat tag on QC's Tumblr.


Page from Les Yeux Du Chat by Alejandro Jodorowsky, illustrated by Jean Giraud/Moebius - click to enlarge

Moebius at Fondation Cartier, Paris

by Suzanne on January 28th, 2011


© Moebius (animator unknown), hosted by Tumblr, via Same Hat! - click to enlarge

I believe that certain people are simply too epic for (introductory) words so let's skip to the end: There's a Moebius a.k.a. Gir a.k.a. Jean Giraud exhibition going on at Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris until March 13.

There's a series of Moebius-related events still taking place called Nomadic Nights but because their entire website is in Flash, you will need to go find the details yourself.

Go!


Illustration from Angel Claw by Moebius - click to enlarge

On show: Oct 12, 2010 - Mar 13, 2011

Address: Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, 261 bd Raspail, 75014 Paris, France, tel: 01 42.18.56.50

Hours: Tue - Sun: 11 AM - 8 PM

Admission: €8.50

Press release

Artist's website