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      Frederic Bruly Bouabre
    Double deck

    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.


    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.

    Paintings by: Frederic Bruly Bouabre.
    On exhibit with photographs by Philippe Bordas.
    Brent Sikkema Gallery 530 West 22nd St. (212) 929-2262 Through April 23

    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 dictionary.

    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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    Reader comments on Frederic Bruly Bouabre:

  • [no subject]   from CH. ROUSSEAU, Oct 23, 2001
  • i like the simplicity   from ellen mary, Mar 25, 2003
  • Re: i like the simplicity   from billybob, Dec 27, 2003
  • address   from yoo kwang, Jan 11, 2006
  • Re: address   from billy bob beamer, Jan 30, 2008
  • [no subject]   from manfred, Mar 20, 2006
  • Philippe Bordas   from Patricia, Jan 14, 2007
  • une fan depuis l autre bout du monde!   from sarah carrere mbodj, Jun 18, 2010

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