About the exhibition
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Abstract Scenes is the first exhibition by Marc Van Cauwenbergh in Lebanon. It is a collection of fifteen paintings realized between 2000 and 2011; in effect dating from a decade and more; exploring through the vocabulary of abstraction, the body while moving through space.
“Disappearance”, “Implosion”, “Decline” or even “Spiral”; the abstract compositions of Marc Van Cauwenbergh recalls movement. Colored forms brought to the canvas by a brush’s wide strokes, on the brown linen; translucent, fluid materials, deposited on an abrupt tissue.
Green forms; grey and white; painted by the artist; invading vertically the canvas’ space; like shadows. They intermarry, overlap, crisscross, confront each other, then separate, on the canvas-scene; thus creating the sensation of tension: the one of a dancer on the scene; a painter before his canvas.
Marc Van Cauwenbergh was born in Ninove, Belgium in 1954; between 1972 and 1975 he studied engraving at Saint Luc de Grand School; then between 1979 and 1984, sculpture and ceramics at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Simultaneously he follows classic and modern dancing courses; while working as a dancer at the Royal Opera in Gand. Between 1987 and 1989 a Fulbright-Hays scholarship shall enable him to take additional painting studies at the Pratt Institute in New-York; where he will permanently settle, starting 1994.
Ever since his works are regularly exposed in Belgium and United States.
Alice Mogabgab Gallery is pleased to present this first half-abstract-half figurative exhibit of Marc Van Cauwenbergh; a painter and dancer all in the same time.