Fabrice Samyn – Solipsism


L’envol, 2016, by Fabrice Samyn

Fabrice Samyn

Fabrice Samyn is a Brussels artist who lives and works in the capital. I think I saw one of his art works at Art Brussels this year, but I am not sure. It was sort of by accident that I discovered his exhibition at Meessen De Clercq during the Brussels Gallery Weekend. I was actually looking for another gallery to visit that day. As you might have noticed by now, I only write about artists or exhibitions that I liked. I very much appreciated the work of Fabrice Samyn, so I thought I should write about him as well.



Death is an image, 2016, by Fabrice Samyn


Self-portrait, 2015, by Fabrice Samyn

Solipsism is the name of the exhibition. It’s a philosophical term that says that there is only one true state of consciousness. We can only know what is inside ourself, like our own thoughts, observations and feelings. Everything outside us might not be real. So we can only be sure about ourself. The artist plays with the idea: “What is real and what isn’t?“. In these first 3 pictures Samyn is talking about time and the transition from one state to another. Like the transition from life to death for example, from this life to the afterlife.



The Color of Time, 2016, by Fabrice Samyn

Here we see 12 solid glass globes in different shades of blue, black and red. This piece represents the colors of the sky during a day and night. Again, it’s about the natural passage of time, here from sunrise until sunset. It’s a never ending process and we have absolutely no influence on it. For me these glass globes had quite a calming and even spiritual effect. I would love to have this in my home. How great would it be if this is the first thing you see every single day when you wake up?



Black is Virgin, 2016, by Fabrice Samyn

In this room the artist combined 3 different art works that have a lot in common. In the picture we see one of the virgin statues covered in several layers of resin (hars in Dutch). If you look closely, you can see that the statue underneath is black. It was burnt first and then covered with resin. I think this work is about the power of images on one hand, and their destruction on the other hand. A virgin statue has a holy status in many countries all over the world, and yet it is so easy to destroy it. Or at least that is my interpretation of it. I read that the work is actually about the God of Fertility and plant growth… What do you think?

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Until 15/10/2016, Rue de l’Abbaye 2a, 1000 Brussels

Meessen De Clercq

Fabrice Samyn



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