A FINE LINE
10 July - 30 November 2010
I am in search of the tipping point, the moment of almost falling over. Frederic Geurts, Artist.
A Fine Line by Frederic Geurts is a structure of delicate steel pylons that elevate a rising white curve from one end of the gallery to the other. It is a frozen trajectory, a gesture, a line drawn in space.
Frederic Geurts is fascinated by the dynamic properties of materials and the ways in which we perceive the physical realm. His practice has been described as giving three-dimensional form to our connection with the cosmos. His work consists of monumental, but very fragile architectural structures often held at a point of balance between forces of gravity, movement and material integrity.
The equilibrium that his forms ultimately find belies the unease he seeks to express, I am in search of the tipping point, the moment of almost falling over. A Fine Line, has been designed for Fabrica and made, on the spot. It is an intuitive gesture and a counterpoint to the formal solidity of the surrounding architecture.
A Fine Line was a sculpture created specifically for Fabrica by Belgian artist Frederic Geurts. A Fine Line stemmed from Frederic Geurts’ interest in the dynamic properties of materials and the idea that we are forever at the edge of chaos. He makes monumental but fragile-seeming architectural structures, which appear both organic and engineered.
Geurts’ work is often held at a point of balance between the forces of gravity, movement and material integrity.
“My work is about things that throw me off balance. You could consider them as attempts to overcome gravity, which makes them doomed to fail. In other words, the abyss is certainly present”
A Fine Line was Frederic Geurts’ first solo exhibition in the UK and was commissioned by Fabrica in the context of its European project Landscape, Cities, People; a three-year collaboration with galleries in the England, France and Belgium part-funded by the European Union under the Interreg IVa Two Seas programme.