Where the light goes
Fabien Fryns Fine Art
10 Jan – 19 Feb 2023
In this exhibition, light is set to have a two-fold meaning, referring to the joyful colours used throughout. Arpéa’s intentional use of colour is created to soothe the sight and soul and is central to his practice. Vivid flat tints, finely textured, offer a dream-like vision, ideal, inviting us to reflect on our relationship with our environment, notably through the prism of social networks.
Ben Arpéa creates and paints in a singular atmosphere where the manual and sensory approach is of essential importance. The artist chooses the fabric – jute or linen canvas, allowing for a better distribution of the material – and stretches the canvas on the frame himself. From sketches, he works the material and the colour, mixes the paint with mineral elements, sand, pebbles, then deploys his pictorial language on a large scale, the minimalism of the motifs confronting the large format of the canvas. Beyond their pictorial immediacy, the works of Ben Arpéa are imbued with mystery: from minimal geometric forms, the artist lets us glimpse the trace of a human passage. Thus, showing moments inhabited by man who has now disappeared – suggested but never present.