Antwan Horfee – GOONS! – Ruttkowski;68, Paris
Exposition personnelle GOONS! de Antwan Horfee du 23 mai au 28 juin 2020 à Ruttkowski;68, Paris.
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Antwan Horfee presents GOONS!, his first major solo exhibition for Galerie Ruttkowski;68 in Paris.
Written in capital letters, like the speech bubbles of a comic book, the title is indeed inspired by this genre.
For this artist, born in 1983, B movies are also an important source of inspiration.
In his exhibition, the Frenchman combines paintings in various formats with a series of drawings.
While he refrains from the use of oil paints and aerosols in his paintings and focuses entirely on eco-friendly acrylic paints, his drawings are created by using only black gouache and graphite on paper.
Landscapes form the focal point of his paintings, which both the artist and the viewer encounter as if through the lens of a camera. Unlike his drawings, however, which tend to depict the concrete, these landscapes are not formulated or geographically situated, but—as a homage to fantasy films and video games—are taken from a fantastic non-reality. The attribution of colors and forms to concrete objects is always attempted but is never quite fully successful.
The central design element here is light, which is deftly deployed by Horfee, not only to give his works an impression of three-dimensionality, but also to create an illusionary spectacle that potentially takes place outside the pictorial space—the monster that cannot yet be seen, but whose presence is certainly felt.
The effect is not one of surprise, but of Hitchcockian suspense: though the exhibition title warns us about these GOONS, they themselves are not actually visible in the show.
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