PARIS, FRANCE.- G-module is pleased to announce the second exhibition in Paris of New York-based artist Ken Weaver. His newest drawings entitled Tableaux Vivants, or living pictures, make their theatrical debut with gorgeous pomp and symmetry. The works remain as deliciously confrontational as his rednecks in Hillbilly Hardcore: Profonde Amérique (g-module, 2002).
Tableaux Vivants, continuously erotic and acutely baroque, delivers a feel for and a feeling of the miraculous. Inspired in part by High Baroque Art and Architecture as well as the theatrics of Classical Opera, Weaver combines interiors and exteriors into the same composition to create what he terms "ulteriors". In one diptych, he places a version of the intricate Eiffel Tower, under construction, in a Baroque interior. Illuminating familiar iconography, Weaver embraces the heavenly and infernal together. Excessive in content, he mirrors the images to create an almost religious gasp of ornament and structure.
Weaver's Tableaux Vivants addresses the current global issues of chaos, paranoia and fear. The drawings reference Chris Markers film La Jetée, where the mission of time travel experiments is to
call past and future to the rescue of the present. One of his newest characters, an avenging angel, his messenger of rescue, embodies the passion and wonder of The Winged Victory of Samothrace and Wim Wenders Wings of Desire. Weaver has composed this operatic portraiture, with a sampled soundtrack (John Cages Europera, Tony Conrads Joan of Arc) to be experienced in the installation. His operatic images are an alternative universe where one can search for hidden treasures embedded within the complex drawings. Daunting and elegant, he presents objects as characters, transforming chaos into a sense of momentous grace.
Ken Weavers works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe. Recent exhibitions include: New History (2007) at the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery at Hunter College in New York, Supersonic Satan (2005) at Galerie Exprmntl in Toulouse and Me Myself and I (2004) at The Schmidt Center Gallery in Boca Raton. Since 1986, he lives and works in Brooklyn.