Gallery Dukan Hourdequin is delighted to present A Real Allegory: Parts I & II, a solo exhibition of new work by British artist Nina Fowler (b. 1981), created especially for the inaugural show at their new gallery space in Paris.
Fowler's work has traditionally played with the relationship between the sourced image, often of iconic figures, removed by Fowler from their medium and situation and the new difficult and troubling context in which she places them. Meticulously rendered in pencil or sculpted and cast, the perfection of Fowler's execution has allowed the viewer to almost forget the process involved, becoming fully immersed in the challenges of the subject. In this new body of work, Fowler again shows her fascination with the sourced image, while here especially toying with the subjectivity of the viewer, and the power of the artist to control the way in which we are allowed to view their subjects. In these works more than any others, Fowler draws attention to her medium and craft, the precision of her draftsmanship is alternated by an almost painterly technique at times. The highly polished perfection of her sculpted pieces are allowed to exist as such from only one angle, showing another side to each figure that appears to collapse into the material from which they have been crafted. In this exhibition, Fowler really challenges us as viewers to question the moral compass of our voyeurism. There are dark truths here exposed that lie just beneath the surface of the glamorous worlds we idolize and revere - the finest of lines between the acceptably enjoyable and the inappropriately perverse, between the glamorous exterior and the rotting, pained interior.
Jessica Adams, April 2011
Jess Adams studied Art History at The Courtauld Institute, London. Over the past decade she has worked in television and film with, amongst others, Waldemar Januszczak, John Maybury and Melvyn Bragg. She is now an independent arts documentary producer / director and writer living and working in London.