Fortunee Noel – Statement

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New Works Exhibition – 2008
Still developing her reflection on the intimately related concepts of modernity and transparency, in her new solo exhibition at the Imagine Gallery, Fortunee Noel introduces the human figure of the worker in her urban landscapes on Plexiglas.

These men and their hard existence, totally dedicated to the advent of the new Chinese city, their deep wrinkles among the surfaces made of moving reflections, their dark flesh facing the transparent horizons, all of these more than symbolic confrontations remind us that when the main stream tends to blindly glorify the triumph of light, individual memory of the inscrutable bodies always prevail when it comes to share life.

 Transparency Exhibition- 2006
In our modern societies, transparent materials outshine opaque materials, bearers of traditions and sometimes obscurantism.

Either vehicle of political liberty or inevitable means for a capitalism which must maintain trust, this change from the opaque to the transparent is one among the many that a China of the 21 st century is experiencing – but probably the one which in the long term will produce the most forceful effects.

To exert oneself to light represents a risk for a closed society used to master the shade. Better than any speech about democracy, light, much more so than sound, can stimulate a civil society. Once its speed reshapes space, it allows anarchic networks, playing the ongoing game of reflections, next to traditional alliances of power. Directly evoked by the Plexiglas, depicted by urban landscape compositions – abstract or figurative – transparency and its impacts on things and people is the core of Fortunée No?l’s works.

The moving from ancestral Hutongs to skyscrapers fancied by consulting firms, the reversal of secular horizontality to futuristic verticality, the transformations of symbols which govern time and space; the artist tries to incorporate all this aspects into her works made in Beijing.

The result obtained beneath the surface of these works, sleek as a screen glass, relates to a sensitivity developed through contact with the new technologies. Colour, captured by transparency but resolutely alive, enlightens one’s sight and beyond political stakes abides by ultimate privilege of creating the beautiful.

By Olivier Sasportas.