During this strange last year, William Fort has applied himself to making even stranger work. And this summer he is finally crawling out of his quarantine hole to show it to the rest of the world. Join him from Aug 5th until Sept 5th 2021 at the Keen gallery in Antwerp for his 4th solo exhibition titled 'Mumbo? Perhaps... Jumbo? Perhaps not!'. The exhibition will feature a new series of drawings, sculptures,and a large-scale installation.
The Mount / 2021 / pencil & pastel on paper / 100 x 140 cm
By reconfiguring and re-contextualizing art historical references, pop culture, and personal experiences, Fort has created his own direct and distinctive visual language. Although sometimes relying on sculptures and installations, drawings remain central to his practice. Using the archaic mediums of graphite, charcoal, or pastel, he'll immerse himself - often for months - in the creation of a single work.
The Oracle / 2020 / pencil on paper / 41 x 56 cm + 71 x 90 cm
By working in a diptych or triptych format, his work also analyses the semantic complementarity between text and image. This is noticeable in the juxtapositions between his figurative drawings and (a) drawn title(s), where the image and the written word function as two autonomous, narratives that reinforce each other. In this regard, his work draws heavily on artists such as John Baldessari, Ed Rusha, and Karl Haendel.
The Great Indoors / 2021 / wooden sculpture / 180 x 107 cm
Through a playful transformation/manipulation of visual material and text, William Fort’s work quickly becomes absurd and humorous. The visual language used is whimsical, cheeky, ingenious, yet dedicated. His work subverts the serious, goes against common expectations, and reads like a visual comedy with barbs.
‘Mumbo? Perhaps... Jumbo? Perhaps not!’ runs from Aug 5th until Sept 05th at the Keen gallery, Fuggerstraat 26, 2060 Antwerp.
Opening night: Aug 5th: 6 - 10 pm
Aug 6th - Sept 5th:
Thu - Sun: 1 - 6 pm