Exhibitions

 

5 November – 10 December, 2010

Anthony Faroux

43 Inverness Street, a new gallery space located in a private residence in Camden, is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition of works by Anthony Faroux.

On the ground floor, the artist has placed abstract oil paintings on glass in relation to the house’s existing decor. The result is that Faroux’s interspersed paintings become highlighted, as things out of place. The paintings have bold, sometimes jagged shapes, composed of pure colours of reds and oranges, and in one painting, of blues. The paint has been applied to the back of the glass, which heightens the colour saturation. Over-keyed colours and the chiseled quality of the shapes make the forms appear to hover in front of the picture plane. The glass removes all surface texture, leaving only two-dimensional traces of graphic marks and colours and the smoothness invites an almost clinical examination. The shapes are neither organic nor machine made, but rather occupy a category of the strangely handmade, like a rough cut-out of coloured paper. In this way, the works foreground the intimate language of painterly craft using an elegant distancing device, a thin sheet of glass.

The first floor is devoted to one single channel video, Bakkar Island, 2010. Faroux has loosened the meandering lens of the camera upon a small island off the coast of Tripoli, Lebanon. In the video, the pace of life is echoed by the repetitive sweeps of the slow panning camera. Trompe l’oeil wipe-cuts mimic the rising and falling waves lapping the shore in a virtuosic rhythmic orchestration. On the island, boys play in a dilapidated playground, an old man shuffles around a dirt plot which was once the site of a house that has long since lost its structural integrity. A place of beauty and sadness, Bakkar Island proposes to strip bare all the pretences which obscure life’s significance. Faroux has composed a location which seems to offer three modes: age and decay, youth and play, and, as portrayed by a fisherman who finishes his day’s work with a languid pose and a slow walk back to the mainland, the task of living itself.

 

Batesian mimicry of a harmless painting, acrylic on glass