The Fridge, Great Jones Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10012
THE FRIDGE PRESS RELEASE:
(New York, NY) – The Fridge is delighted to announce the exhibition ·A·DISTANT·CLOSENESS·, showcasing a collection of new paintings by the artist Antoine Wagner. The show will be available for public viewing at 31 Great Jones Street, 3rd floor, from November 10th to December 13th, 2023, marking Wagner's inaugural exhibition with the gallery.
Antoine Wagner's series of paintings draw their primary inspiration from the enduring power of nature, a recurrent theme that has consistently influenced his artistic journey.
Wagner's compositions don't merely unveil landscapes; they subtly hint at the ambiance of forests and the intricate tapestry woven by nature. Each piece exudes a remarkable meditative quality and a powerful, almost tangible energy. This is evident in the textured elements of his work, from the way he captures the essence of a landscape to the meticulous stained lines he employs.
His renderings are seamlessly aligned with his two-decade practice of photography. In this series, Wagner employs acrylics, sand, earth and ashes directly onto canvases. The outcome is a series of forms that possess a fossilized quality, as though they are inherently woven into the very fabric of the artwork.
Wagner's artistic vision is defined by a profound emphasis on silence, tranquility, and strength. His paintings suggest anthropomorphic motifs, featuring elements that span from the human form to the organic world—roots, foliage, trees, mountains, and waterways—all cleverly concealed within the textured colors of his creations.
Accompanying these artworks is a limited edition, artist-handcrafted book that delves into the enchanting world of Yakushima Island, Japan.