The Fallen and the Drowned is an exhibition of intimately scaled laces, embroideries, drawings and video in which Fouché revels in the traditional materials and formats of the techniques he employs as well as their optical and narrative potential.
The works, mostly figures in landscapes, scrolls, are consciously crafty and immersed in the world of male representation and desire. Fragile silk laces express the beauty of relationships and the arbitrary mass of representation that surround-, and come to define them, while drawn and pulled thread embroideries expand the male nude’s incarnation as digital object with the anguished and fearless desire of exhibitionism.
The figure is absent but implied by the locations represented in a series of reverse graphite drawings on black paper and a pinhole photography slideshow video: Solitude Park on the Rhine’s banks in Basel, and the hike route towards Sandy Bay outside Cape Town.
The body of work culminates in rope, braid and twine abstracts that indicate a shift from the others’ figuration and textuality to the realms of intuition and form.