French artist Nanan conjures up feelings of pity with his latest series entitled Urban Lights. Utilizing pieces of discarded lamps, Nanan creates adorable, endearing figures that hold a sombre vigil in areas of distressed urban landscape. The figures themselves look a little worse for wear, as the creatures are adorned with grease, dirt and dings.
Reminiscent of the unbearably cute robot Wall-E, these Urban Lights creatures seem to hold a similar place in the world as the Pixar character. Nanan’s shooting locations appear post-apocalyptic, the stance of his creatures suggests mourning and the absence of any human presence suggests these little guys may just be all that is left of the world. Nanan successfully injects these inanimate electronic objects with a quiet emotionality. They do not merely seem sad, the emotions they express are much more complex than that.
Pitiable and hopelessly endearing, these glowing creatures leave the viewer with a heavy unexplained melancholy.