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Ian Bourgeot  

November, 2015

The central exhibition of Ian Bourgeot’s series Dark Lines opened in Helsinki (at iconic Arkadia International Bookshop, Nervanderinkatu 11) a week previous to this ‘satellite’ exhibition at Love&Money. Together with the main exhibit, this is the first-ever public showing of Ian Bourgeot’s art. Anastasia Isakova (Finnish Academy of Fine Arts) has curated both exhibitions.

These exhibits present Bourgeot’s ink works from the years 2005-2015. In his drawings, Bourgeot combines a particular technique that involves ink, coffee – and occasionally gouache or gesso – with a sometimes disturbing subject matter. The works often portray solitude, anxiety and even violence, depicting the artist’s life and peregrinations, and the long reflections that ensued. Bourgeot also draws the beauty of ordinary objects and moments. The dark ink line removes all that is superfluous from objects, situations and human figures, as if it uncovered their primordial nature, unconsciously and chaotically.

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