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  • Fabien Castanier Gallery
  • Fabien Castanier Gallery
  • Fabien Castanier Gallery
  • Fabien Castanier Gallery
  • Fabien Castanier Gallery

IN SITU

May 12, 2014
Asja Nastasijevic is an Art Historian with the major in Modern Art. She's involved in art writing and criticism for several years now. Art is her passion and writing about it is both work and pleasure. Among modern art movements she loves Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, and POP ART and her favorite artists are Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. She fell in love with Street Art when she first saw ROA’s Sleepy Pigs in Brussels few years ago. Since then, she devotedly explores this form of artistic expression. She hates when someone asks her whether the street art is a real art. What makes any art a real art? Art is an evolutionary act with constant changes in its performance. In Asja’s opinion, the real art is what you want to hang on the walls of your living room, as simple as that. So she wants to hang the works of Ron English, Gaia and ROA above her TV cabinet or to place the artworks of Mark Jenkins and Isaac Cordal next to her sofa. She enjoys bowling and doodling.

Fabien Castanier’s namesake gallery recently moved to Culver City in order to continue with the launch of thought-provoking artists from around the world in an even better manner. “IN SITU” inaugural exhibition of the gallery’s new space proves that. Opened on May 10, this premier exhibition since Fabien Castanier Gallery’s relocation highlights the new work of American sculptor Mark Jenkins and Chinese photographer Liu Bolin, two internationally acclaimed artists who explore the ways in which the individual must carve out an identity in the urban landscape. Both artists use the street as a stage to interact with the surrounding environment and passersby who either unintentionally become participants in the installation or simply remain puzzled.

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Mark Jenkins

Liu Bolin and Mark Jenkins

Liu Bolin has been hiding for years by painting himself into the background, while Mark Jenkins persistently shocks people with “the unexpected” in a familiar urban environment. In the basis of their performance is the intention of provoking people to become more engaged with the world around them. Mark Jenkins describes his work as “absurdist” and with the idea “to create situations that turn the world into a stage.” He is a sculptor and installation artist who’s invented his own technique of casting objects using packing tape and plastic wrap and placing them in provocative poses in the cities. Mark Jenkins’ work has been described as whimsical, macabre, and shocking, and often drawn the attention of the police.

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Mark Jenkins

Also known as “The Invisible Man”, Liu Bolin became famous for painting his entire body to match the scenery behind, so that is almost impossible to notice him. Beginning his performance art in 2005, Bolin’s most popular works are from his “Hiding in the City” series.  A gallery space certainly does not have the same potential as the street for provoking a reaction or hiding. However, “IN SITU” may not spark 911 calls from visitors but it will doubtlessly spark a thought.

“IN SITU” will also feature work by Speedy Graphito, RERO, and JonOne. The exhibition runs through May 31.

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Liu Bolin