fette's gallery is delighted to
present Le Flâneur, a group show
with Joshua Callaghan (us), Christopher Davison (us), Christiane Feser (de),
Bas Louter (nl), Adrien Missika (ch), Aya Saito (jp), and Ami Tallman (us).
For this exhibition, we invited seven
artists to visually discuss their relation with the flâneur - a 19th century
character portrayed by the French as a well dressed man, strolling through the
Parisian arcades to pass the time, free to explore his surroundings to gather
According to Walter Benjamin, the flâneur
rose to prominence primarily because of an architectural change in the city.
While Baron Haussmann was redesigning boulevards and tearing up many of the old
twisting streets, the flâneur became the anonymous face in this revived crowd.
Re-defining flânerie in a current context
within the Los Angeles
boundaries appears quite foolish, yet it is compelling.
While the urban sprawl that is the city of LA remains fairly
discouraging to the strolling of the Beaudelarian character, it still allows
for a new genre of wandering poetry to be generated. Artists such as Ed Ruscha,
Charles Bukowski and Andrea Zittel, whose work is heavily influenced by the
atmosphere of their surroundings and daily routines, come to mind. The
anonymity, compartmentation and luxurious façade of the vast LA suburban area
greatly influenced new artistic vocabularies.
With this new exhibition we will gather
alternative meanings associated with the historical flâneur in this current
context of changes.