Slag & RX Galleries are pleased to present a group show bringing together three French artists from three different generations. "Selected Works" gathers works by Alain Kirili (1946-2021), Fabrice Hyber (b. 1961) and Vincent Gicquel (b. 1974).
Alain Kirili is a Franco-American sculptor who draws his inspiration from calligraphy and music, particularly jazz. His work emphasizes an “aesthetic of spontaneity” and seeks its formal unity through the variety of materials he employs in a quest for “organic simplicity”. The Agnes Gund Foundation recently donated a work from the 2005 "Totem" series to the Princeton University Museum of Art. The exhibition will feature the artist's latest work: a paper and acrylic frieze, which is directly inspired by his passion for music.
Fabrice Hyber's work embraces a movement, natural and endless, capable of giving birth to reality and new energy from an association of people, of ideas carried by an unrestrained imagination about nature. Inventor of poetic metamorphoses, anticipating future mutations, the artist cultivates the art of mixing, shifts limits, opens up possibilities. Since December 8th, Hyber presents a retrospective at the Fondation Cartier, in Paris.
Vincent Gicquel has shown over the last ten years an ability to convey the feeling of human condition in his canvases with striking colors and disturbing tragic-comic subjects. The characters are alone, sometimes two, sometimes three or more. All seem happy, and all seem sad at the same time. The viewer is dragged into the scene, where the characters go about their activities that no one could stop. The exhibition is an opportunity to show the watercolor preparatory drawings for the Way of the Cross commissioned by François Pinault to the artist.
The gathering of these three French artists reveals that even though years separate them, color plays an essential role in their work. A different use but a common purpose: the expression of emotions and feelings. From Poussin to Matisse, color has always been a key element for numerous artists. Here, Vincent Gicquel depicts his colorful characters in situations that raise more and more questions, Fabrice Hyber leads us into his universe with a remarkable vegetal palette and Alain Kirili does not fail to express his link with music through color.