For immediate release
'Hong Kong after Midnight' by Fabien Verschaere
June 7 to July 14, 2007
Gallery Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:30am - 7pm or by appointments
Art Statements Gallery is pleased to announce 'Hong Kong after Midnight', a solo exhibition of new work by the French artist Fabien Verschaere. Renowned for creating large scale installations with his drawings and paintings of fairytale characters, Verschaere often casts a darker spell in his unique and mystical creations, constructing a fantasy land that daringly confronts and reflects on human nature with a sense of playfulness.
For his third exhibition with the gallery, Fabien Verschaere will create a wall painting installation with ceramics and watercolour pieces inspired by the vibrant night life of Hong Kong. The work of Fabien Verschaere needs to be seen as a whole and as a continual series of personal mythologies. Through blending recurrent symbols such as mermaids, dwarfs and objects together, Verschaere evokes human conditions and experiences whilst assembling a dreamlike theatre that is both intimate and personal.
Although Verschaere's work seems to be based on contradictions -- attractive yet repulsive, exotic but banal, dangerous yet exciting, meaningful though derisory and insignificant, his remarkable observations and unusual depictions of characters and situations provoke ambiguous feelings within his viewers. The result is a body of work with strong foundations and unexpected encounters.
Fabien Verschaere was born in Vincenne (France) in 1975 and lives and works in Paris. He has been exhibited extensively since 2000, including the prestigious Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Prague Biennale, Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Italy, the Montreal Biennale and recently at the Lyon Contemporary Art Museum. His most recent museum exhibition is currently showing at the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art in U.K.
Please contact the gallery for further information.