TELEGRAPHIC (solo exhibition)
a project by Mambo
January 18 – February 17, 2018
„I like the paradox of having a very mechanical way of painting canvases, that finds its beauty in the mistakes and accidents happening along the way.“ Mambo, 2018.
Multiple layers of simple vertical brushstrokes characterize Flavien's particular manner for his abstract paintings presented in his unique body of work. Kolly Gallery is proud to present Flavien’s solo exhibition, a project by Mambo, entitled Telegraphic from January 18 to February 17, 2018.
The title of the exhibition refers to the concept of communication and graphics, which converge individual elements to connecting networks. Every single vertical brushstroke in Flavien’s painting represents one element that operates though the collectivity on the canvas. Through a very minimal, conceptual and repetitive creative practice and a black-white based color range, Flavien reflects human coexistence in the world. Therefore humanity is a main concern of the artist’s body of work. He is fascinated and inspired by the power, the beauty and the chaos that humanity is able to create. Especially the ingenuity of the individual versus the folly of the collectivity is a key concept that the artist visualizes in his pantings. Flavien deeply believes that only the force of nature is capable of creating long term beauty.
In 2015, Mambo started with a new series of abstract paintings. When Mambo confronted the public with his very new and different approach he decided to sign them with his first name „Flavien“ because they appeared exceedingly different from his well-known paintings. These canvases consist of a rather geometrical texture and minimal color variations. Vertical brushstrokes are the simple yet effective trademark of Flavien’s series. The technic is a result of a long-standing study and experience in art, but also influenced by the assistant years to Sol LeWitt, in the mid 90ies. Different art movements as well as artists are still inspiring Flavien’s artistic practice, such as: Franck Stella, Yayoi Kusama, Ellsworth Kelly, Piet Mondrian and Jackson Pollock.
We cordially invite you to the opening on January 18 from 6pm on. The exhibition runs from January 18 to February 17, 2018 at the Kolly Gallery in Zurich.
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