Fried Contemporary is excited to announce a solo exhibition by Abrie Fourie, titled: ‘Oblique: The so-called fruits of life’. The exhibition opens on Thu 31 March @6-8pm and concludes Sat 30 Apr @10am-2pm.
Abrie Fourie born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1969, currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. This exhibition is the first solo showing of his work in a commercial art gallery in Pretoria, and also the first in the capital city since 1997. He exhibited a selection of prints in the Collector’s Room of the gallery in 2015 (Read more about his exhibition in the Collectors Room here.)
Art Africa Magazine reviewed the exhibition in their June edition 2016. To read the review, click the image below.
This show follows a publication of the artists’ monograph titled: Oblique, first published in 2011 Berlin, Germany. The book marked the start of an ongoing project, that evolved into various exhibition and publication iterations. It stems from a research grant he had received from the Africa Centre (Cape Town, South Africa). Subsequently, Fourie digitized and catalogued his film archive – spanning several decades.
The exhibition consists of a series of mounted and framed photographs, many edition-ed for the first time. An HD Film installation is also included in the exhibition and was edited as a series of slow changing slides of all the images included in the follow-up publication Labor Berlin 11, Oblique. The book was produced for the iteration of Oblique at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany in 2012. Central to this work is a narration by well known South African actor Marcel van Heerden of a text by the author, art critic and writer Sean O’Toole. This will be the first screening of this work internationally.
Central to Fourie’s work is an interest in the volatile and complex relationship between photography and fiction, and the dis-junction between memory and what we, as viewers and consumers of photography, project onto the medium. He explores the familiar and intimate zones of home with the same interest and curiosity as he does the unknown. He states that this approach is ‘not so much defining a place, as circling the relationship between spaces, sign and self; it hints at that silent tension between absence and presence, abstraction and reality’.
About the artist
Fourie has presented a number of solo exhibitions at institutions including the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin, Germany), Iwalewa House (Bayreuth, Germany), the Museum for African Art (New York, USA) and the Forum d’art contemporian FAC (Sierre, Switzerland) amongst others. He was a recipient of the inaugural Africa Center Spier Contemporary Award (Cape Town, South Africa) and has participated in group exhibitions at Daimler Contemporary (Berlin, Germany), Iziko South African National Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) and the Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Wien, Austria) amongst others.