Frederic Bruly Bouabre's paintings are almost like a pack of tarot cards based on everyday objects from his native Ivory Coast, and they're paired with photographs by Philippe Bordas.
By ROBIN EISGRAU
The artwork on exhibit here by Ivory Coast artist Frederic Bruly Bouabre is
an arresting blend of the raw and the spiritual. Over two dozen small-scale
drawings (most of them are around 5 inches by 7 inches) hang in frames along
the gallery's walls at just below eye level. The drawings inside those
frames, done in crayon and ink, are like an outsider-art version of the
Tarot. In each, a central image is framed by writing in the native language of the
Ivory Coast and in French.
The images at first are of abjects quotidian and natural:
bones, a mango pit, a buffalo head, an aquatic turtle. Then there are images
more mystical in the deck; an Egyptian pyramid and the sun and moon. The
overall effect of viewing thse drawings, one after another is like being
immersed in someone's imaginary world and studying an invented visual
|FREDERIC BRULY BOUABRE|
|Paintings by: Frederic Bruly Bouabre.|
On exhibit with photographs by Philippe Bordas.
|Brent Sikkema Gallery
530 West 22nd St.
Through April 23|| |
A translation of what is written around the drawings is
available at the gallery's desk. The photographs by Phillipe Bordas add a
concrete twist to the mysticism of the drawings. A portrait of Bouabre in
which he is positioned near a map of the Ivory Coast clues you in to the
person behind the art.
|APRIL 5, 2001|
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