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08 Jul 2010

'A Fine Line' by Frederic Geurts at Fabrica, Brighton

'A Fine Line' planning model courtesy of Frederic Geurts

A Fine Line


Fabrica is a contemporary visual art organisation housed in a former Regency church in the heart of Brighton. Its mission is to promote access to and understanding of contemporary visual art. Exhibition dates: 10 July - 30 August Opening times: Weds - Sat 12 - 5.30pm, Sun & Bank Holidays 2 - 5pm.

Laurence Hill
+44 (0)1273 778646

40 Duke Street
Brighton BN1 1AG

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'I am in search of the tipping point, the moment of almost falling over.' - Frederic Geurts

'A Fine Line', by Belgian sculptor Frederic Geurts, is a new work commissioned especially for Fabrica. Created intuitively in the gallery space, it consists of a structure of delicate steel pylons elevating a white plaster curve from one end of the building to the other. It is a frozen trajectory, a line drawn in space and an impulsive gesture that counters the formal solidity of the surrounding architecture.

Frederic Geurts is fascinated by the dynamic properties of materials and the idea that we are forever at the edge of chaos. He makes monumental but fragile-seeming architectural structures, which appear both organic and engineered. According to Jean Paul van Bendegem, professor at Vrije University, Brussels, 'their balance is always endangered by imbalance,' and they possess 'an individual shaky beauty.' Geurts' work is often held at a point of balance between the forces of gravity, movement and material integrity: 'My work is about things that throw me off balance. You could consider them as attempts to overcome gravity, which makes them doomed to fail. In other words, the abyss is certainly present,' he says.

'A Fine Line' is Frederic Geurts' first solo exhibition in the UK and has been commissioned by Fabrica in the context of its European project Landscape, Cities, People; a three-year collaboration with galleries in England, France and Belgium, part-funded by the European Union under the Interreg IVa Two Seas programme.

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