Exhibition review: FREQUENCY by FANT WENGER
December 06 – 20, 2021
Medina Art Gallery, Rome
ITSLIQUID Group is proud to announce the great success of FREQUENCY, a solo exhibition by Fant Wenger that took place in Rome, at Medina Art Gallery from December 06 to December 20, 2021.
Fant Wenger grew up in simple circumstances: his father was an architect, one of his grandfathers was an inventor and artist. The simple conditions gave him freedom as a child to spend a lot of time outdoors creating his own fantasy world.
It’s all about Frequency – that is the imperative and seemingly programmatic title of a painting from the series of the same name. An extensive group of works has been created on this topic since 2016, which includes paintings as well as installations, performances and videos. In said paintings, the artist interweaves elements that are characteristic of the whole series, above all the colour scheme. The picture is covered by light whose red and yellow and white glazing seems unreal; blur edges and things dissolve. We look into a landscape that oscillates between Mediterranean beauty and abysmal wildness. The motif is reproduced in photographic realism, but the use of ambiguous perspectives and strange juxtapositions as well as the energetic colourfulness suggest an imagined or even dreamed reality.
In Fant Wenger‘s paintings, nature and technology usually collide in a rugged and momentous way. Not only is the chosen spectrum of colours powerful, but the artist also places railway wagons, telephone poles, parabolic antennas, or even a satellite in the landscape. They are surrounded by trees with extensive branches and undergrowth. Powerful and often bare, they cross the pictorial space. The paintings show a distinct dynamism, which is intensified by the size of the canvases.
All the technical equipment that the artist uses in his works, all these installations, machines, train wagons, antennas, they all seem to have fallen out of time, historical pieces of a bygone era. They are stacked, wired, too many to hear a single message. Wherever they appear individually, they seem robbed of their function, rushing to themselves, no one left to know how to operate them. The protagonists of his paintings, appearances from strange times, seem to be the only ones who know how to establish a connection. Perhaps Fant Wenger is even a romance with French influences, who challenges the rational ideal of our time with his counter-drafts, who stage an effective world with emotional visions in which reason is deprived of its well-guarded soil.
Wenger creates a kind of “third reality” in his works, in which he depicts a material world, and suggests hidden meanings. And so the topic of frequency in the sense of repetition is related to archetypal experiences: memory, loss, belief in the future, destruction, hope. Much remains in suspense, in an inspiring suspension that sounds like open spaces for thought, but does not provide any final answer.
Which sparks jump here and what is sent or received in this world full of riddles? No casual or linear connection can be read. The artist gives hints through the title, which can nourish suspicions, but without giving a real interpretation. He does not leave any of his compositions to chance but intensively deals with their meaning and implementation, until he finally manages to reproduce all his thoughts in a harmonious interplay on the canvas.
Medina Art Gallery
Via Angelo Poliziano 32-34, 00184, Roma, Italy
December 07 – 20, 2021
10:00AM – 01:00PM and 03:00PM – 07:00PM | Monday – Sunday
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Medina Art Gallery is a contemporary Art Space in the city center of Rome. The Gallery hosts solo and collective shows with a rich variety of contemporary painters, photographers, designers, architects, sculptors, performers and video makers.
Medina Art Gallery is located in a prestigious historical building, a few minutes by walk from Colosseum and Roman Forum. The exhibition space is at the ground floor, with four main rooms and three bright shop windows on the street. Easily accessible, the space is fully equipped for hosting exhibitions and events.