Fabien Castanier Gallery is proud to present TRANSBORDER: A Group Exhibition featuring the work of Rero (FR), Cyrcle (US), Jan Kaláb (CR), Ox (FR), Aníbal Vallejo (CO), and Andrey Zignnatto (BR). Rero will curate the group exhibition, bringing together a collective of artists from different backgrounds, all working to create a discourse across boundaries.
This exhibition centers around artists who challenge the idea of boundaries within art, both physical and ideological borders. Each artist presents new work for TRANSBORDER, examining the transitory elements of shape, color, form, and context within art making. The group exhibition takes a survey of how the language of both abstraction and figurative form can be conveyed throughout vastly different corners of the world. Across borders of both time and space, these artists have created connectivity and conversation through creation.
From the curator (translated from the French):
This exhibition aims to bring together, in a single physical space, artists from five nationalities, while also focusing on the artists’ variations in approaches, practices and techniques. So why did I want to bring these artists together in the same space and time? But also, why TRANSBORDER?
Firstly, art is for me a pretext for meetings and travel. Art is above all a human adventure. However art is also a coming together of objects, materials, and works that evoke an "emotional shock" that drives viewers to evolve ideas, perceptions, life trajectories and constructs of reality. I ask you to search your memory for a time that you, as a viewer, experienced a work by an artist you did not know yet you sensed an inexplicable vibration. That same sensation in that precise moment has driven my desire to curate TRANSBORDER, to evoke these emotionally compelled experiences in viewers.
I hold that this exhibition represents a common multiplicity: instead of being landlocked, I wanted this exhibition to be experienced as an opening, a sort of horizontal section of our time. I have the feeling that what unites us all is the fact that we are all in the "fold", i.e. that we have decided to place ourselves consciously or unconsciously at the limit of inside and outside as Michel Foucault suggested: "We must escape the alternative of outside and inside: we must be at the borders.”
About the Artists
Cyrcle is an artist duo from Los Angeles who create artwork in both the public and private spheres. Their pieces integrate text, figurative painting, and abstraction to explore a myriad of design elements and conceptual ideas. The artists work together to make pieces that investigates the balanced and unbalanced parts of life, in other words, the never-ending unpredictable cycle.
Aníbal Vallejo is a Colombian artist whose work focuses on the materiality of paint itself and how it both creates and transcends confines. The artist states, “My work focuses on the boundaries of painting and its possibilities. Beyond the formal and conventional techniques, I seek new ways to integrate into the process in a reflection on the pictorial, on what we know as paint. In my most recent work, I assume my paintings and drawings as objects, which opens a new perspective into the three-dimensional. The body of work stands out for its economy of means and minimalist look.”
Jan Kaláb is a Czechoslovakian artist whose work has transitioned into organic abstraction. His pieces have taken on a biological, vibrant form like no other. Working in installation, painting, and sculpture, Jan Kaláb's artwork has a fluidity all its own. The artist uses colorful abstracted forms as a way to convey a visual vocabulary for infinite variations around depth, time, and motion, all concepts that surpass limited borders.
OX is a French artist who explores the restrictions of the canvas itself. Using bold color and flowing form, the artist makes artworks that cannot be contained by a single bound space. Ox’s approach to art can be described as toeing the line between painting and sculpture, his works appear to be two dimensional yet they often spill from the canvas or walls to invade the viewer’s space, confronting ideas of boundaries and audience.
Andrey Zignnatto is a self-taught artist from São Paulo, Brazil. Zignnatto creates architecturally inspired works from brick and other raw materials. The artist’s use of unconventional resources stems from his youth and his familial connections to masonry. By re-contextualizing such raw materials Zignnatto activates a new interpretation of everyday things. The artist also states that by working with sculptural materials he is able to utilize an abundance of space, confronting the audience with new ideas on the physical interaction between viewers and the objects as art.
RERO is a French artist whose work, while instantly recognizable from his distinctive visual style, contains within it an inherent fluidity as he explores myriad concepts. He continually stretches the boundaries of his artistic mediums, often choosing to forego traditional surfaces on which to plant his minimalist statements. RERO’s text, always in the same Verdana font and stripped of any flourish beyond a bold strike-through line, become embedded within the medium, acting as a literal and material addition while simultaneously a marker for deconstruction. At the very core of his work are the notions of – the confrontation, the aesthetics of destruction and the idea of appropriation