In July 2012 Antlers Gallery presented Anouk Mercier’s first UK solo-show – Excursus.
Excursus offers an invitation to escape and to stray through unfamiliar settings that inspire both wonder and unease. The exhibition showcased a new body of drawing, airbrush and acetone transfer works, in which Anouk explores the fragmentation and suggestion of narrative.
Anouk’s drawings combine elements of myth, references to antique images and fragments of the natural world to depict melancholic landscapes and characters. Relying on the nostalgia of Romanticism, her work addresses a contemporary resurgence in the need for escapism through the imaginary; celebrating both the power of the imagination to escape the quotidian and the mundane, whilst also exploring the mysterious, the abysmal and the uncanny that often lurks behind idylls.
Reflecting the themes central to Anouk’s practice, ‘Excursus’ revealed a series of works, each appearing as visual fragments of a greater, obscured narrative. Presented as fragments of an enigmatic tale, they ranged from tenebrous portraits, to haunting landscapes and mysterious counter worlds, laced with decorative flora.
‘Excursus’ came at an important juncture in Anouk’s career as she consolidated and extended her practice. In 2011 she had her first solo-show in France – Clemancy, and won the Emerging Artist Prize for the RWA Autumn Exhibition. In 2012, as well as her solo-show with Antlers she also worked on a commission for the Bristol City Museum’s permanent collection and was part of a group exhibition curated by Paul O’ Neill at the London gallery, Cartel.
To find out more about Anouk’s practice – please see http://www.antlersgallery.com/artist/anouk-mercier
6 – 29 July 2012, 11 – 7, Sun 11 – 5
Preview: Thursday 5th July, 6 – 9pm (artist in attendance)
6 Philadelphia Street, Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BZ
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