Alexandre Gherban

Eric Fabre Gallery

Alexandre Gherban is a young artist who trained in formal logic and music before investigating the problematic borders of conceptualism in the visual arts. In this sense he is a most relevant figure, indicating the inconsistencies in the work of a wide range of the more or less brilliant amateurs whose provocative dilettantism affects a serious part of the Paris and London art scenes nowadays, and who can be considered as a European issue of graffiti, new wave, or punk art. These mostly French and British object-makers seem to have a little more sense of humor than the German and Italian painterly dilettanti, though not enough for making a joke of the work itself. A touch of puritan ambition always remains as a “will for art” in their bricolages.

In this context, Gherban presented a show that consisted mostly in bringing forward this touch of seriousness. The first surprising thing in his

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