A work of contradictions
I just discovered the work of Swiss artist Fabian Burgy, he is a master of deception and trickery. His practice combines installation, sculpture and digital imagery. By subtly and playfully manipulating mundane objects and the space they are in, he creates beautifully surreal situations. Bürgy is inspired by the most mundane of things – from chairs and suicide belts to tire marks, holes, ladders, nails and even dog tails, and he changes the way in which they are used. He has the power to fool our eyes and make us look twice at what we are seeing.
In Bürgy’s hands, an empty gallery space will now have a black hole disappearing through the floor. He will place some black dust in the corner of a room in such a clever way it will look like the wall is bending strangely or lifting up from the corner. Or he will boldly put a ‘crack’ in the floor like an earthquake had ruined the expensive gallery floor the day before and no one noticed. His work is understated, minimalistic, poetic and striking. He transforms, misplaces, and destroys the things we see around us every day.
A personal favorite work of his has to be ‘A lonely and misplaced black cloud floating in space‘. It’s a beautiful combination of elegance, melancholy, and stillness. There is a tension in his work or a feeling of being unsettled, but the feeling is not so uncomfortable it can’t be enjoyed.
Bürgy is able to straddle many contradictions – stillness and movement; familiarity and strangeness; function and nonfunction; real and virtual. He is a clever sculptor who fully understands the words ‘concept’ and ‘art’. Love his work!