Slowly, she had found her way through the seaside village, to eventually end up in the harbour. There she stood. Her red hair blowing fiercely in the wind, her hands deep in her pockets. Her hair was too vibrant to be her natural colour, clearly recently dyed. Below her, the waves crashed into the shore. She looked out over the wild sea that seemed to extend itself endlessly. She felt as thinly spread as the surface of the water, reaching out with no end. Not so long ago everything was different, everything about her was different. Both her outside and her inside felt like a coat that was a size too large, uncomfortable but not unpleasant. At the moment, the coat did its service of protecting her against the strong wind. She realized that nothing is as fickle as humankind. Every kind of nature adapts to their circumstances. The lights of the fishing boats shimmered in the distance.
Galerie Fons Welters proudly presents the seventh solo exhibition of Gabriel Lester in the gallery. In this exhibition, Lester shows several new series of work that he developed over the past couple of years. Light plays an important part in all these works. Lesterís use of light as medium has been the underlying concern in Lesterís work since his seminal work How to Act from 1999.
The front of a series of black steel sculptures is reminiscent of the simple shape of a face. The eyes and mouth consist of perforated steel, which lets light fall through the sculpture onto its backside, creating three-dimensional shapes on the steel grid. The simple and recognisable shape of a face and emotions, whether that is the face of a human, animal, or emoticon, shows the abstraction of thought projected as hologram.
The LED panels in the exhibition are a continuation on Lesterís earlier LED works that were part of his 2015 solo exhibition in the gallery, Forced Perspective Ė Encounter of Kinds, where he showed extremely low-res videos on several LED panels.
Gabriel Lester (NL, 1972) lives and works in Amsterdam. Recently, his work has been shown in a.o. Sculpture in the City (UK); Groninger Museum (NL); 21st Sydney Biennial (AU); Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL); Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag (NL); Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR); 5th Marrakech Biennial, Marrakech (MA); 55th Venice Biennial, Venice (IT); Documenta 13, Kassel (DE); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (US); Performa 09, New York (US); Artists Space, New York (US); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (ZW); 8th Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (UK); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL).
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