Fabien Castanier Gallery
is proud to present the first show of 2015, a solo exhibition by French artist, RERO
. This will be the second solo exhibition for the artist in the United States and at the gallery.
RERO presents new work for GATED COMMUNITY..., examining the global proliferation of social and urban partitioning within modern society, through paintings on canvas, mixed media on wood, pieces on vintage books, sculptures, a multi-media video installation and more. While instantly recognizable from his distinctive visual style, his work contains within it an inherent fluidity as he explores myriad concepts.
“The first man who, having enclosed a piece of land, thought of saying ‘This is mine,’ and found people easy enough to believe him, was the true founder of civil society.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
For this exhibition, RERO aims to confront the barriers that define the spaces we inhabit, dissolving the rifts between the visible and the invisible, the secular and the sacred, text and their context. As he breaks down these links, the artist explores the effects of modern communication and movement which make delineating borders less and less pronounced. He proposes, “We are more and more frequently in transit between two places, between two properties. Between these two well-defined contexts there is the crossing, the transit – these non-places, these interchangeable spaces where the human remains anonymous as Marc Augé defines it.”
“One must escape the alternative of the outside or the inside. One must be at the borders.” – Michel Foucault
This exhibition comes after a successful year for the artist, having extended his practice in 2014 to major international institutions, from The Centre Pompidou museum in Paris to the Caixa Cultural program in Brazil. GATED COMMUNITY... sees RERO embrace an evolving aesthetic, while staying true to his conceptual vision.
RERO’s entire body of work, shown around the world, is interconnected and constantly in metamorphosis. GATED COMMUNITY... is the culmination of the artist’s exploration on the borders of “urban” and “nature,” as he pulls inspiration from the natural landscape, specifically that of the California desert. Having developed a fascination with the relationship between the exterior and interior realms and the boundaries that define them, RERO continues to place himself at the forefront of the urban conceptual experience.
Opening reception with the artist on Saturday, January 24th from 6:00-9:00 pm.