Exhibition | Long Gone | at Hugo Fine Arts Galerie | New York | Art Week

Long Gone

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Saturday, 5 October 2019 to Sunday, 27 October 2019
Saturday, 5 October 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

HUGO GALERIE is pleased to present Long Gone, a solo exhibition featuring the volatile wonder captured in Jernej Forbici’s paintings. The artist’s practice is charged with an environmental message of nature’s ephemerality and our role in protecting it.

Long Gone was inspired by Forbici’s visit to an altered landscape reminiscent of James Lovelock’s Daisyworld: a computer simulation illustrating his Gaia hypothesis which theorizes the Earth is a closed system whose organisms self-adjust under changing conditions in order to maintain a livable environment. In Daisyworld, Lovelock demonstrated how a planet of black and white daisies slowly became a field of white when exposed to ever-increasing sunlight and heat; eventually, even the white daisies were unable to survive. In Long Gone, Forbici shows us a land of beauty in peril. Like a comet’s last fireworks before it is snuffed out, bright florals burst across his canvases and technicolor lakes shimmer beneath a sometimes acidic sky. His works are textured with smudges, scrapes, and generous impasto. Evidence of the artist’s hand echoes the human impact on Earth—both the good and the bad. Forbici’s world is one of savage beauty. But he is present in every painting and, ultimately, in control of the outcome. Just as we are in our environment. The artist’s message is to embrace our responsibility in protecting the wonder that surrounds us. Do not stand idly by while beauty recedes into the past.

HUGO GALERIE is a fine art gallery in New York City specializing in contemporary figurative painting and sculpture. The gallery represents an international roster of artists working in a variety of media and range of genres. Please direct inquiries to info@hugogalerie.com.

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Jernej Forbici studied at the College for Visual Arts in Ljublja, Slovania. He completed a degree in painting (with honors) under Professor Carlo Di Raco at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice and then a Master’s degree in visual and performing arts disciplines. From 1999, his work has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions in various European countries, the United States, Canada, Argentina, and China. Forbici has been invited to participate in the following Biennales: Hicetnunc, Pordenone (2003); International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Prague, German pavilion (2005); Accade, 52nd Venice Biennale (2007); and 54th Venice Biennale, Arsenale pavilion (2011). In 2009, the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice organized a retrospective of Forbici’s works at the Magazzini del Sale, curated by Carlo Di Raco. In 2011, after having published his first monograph and presented five retrospectives in Italy and Slovenia, he was invited to participate in the exhibition Il Fuoco della Natura in Trieste. In 2012, he won a scholarship from the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and took up residency in London to study the English masters. From 2013 to 2018, he realized various projects in private galleries and public institutions in Italy and abroad (Venice, Varese, Milan, Latina, Piacenza, Montesarchio, Vienna, Maribor, and Luxembourg) where Forbici showed the development of his pictorial work and his personal artistic research.


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Hugo Fine Arts Galerie
472 W Broadway
New York, NY 10012

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