From April 16, 2009 to May 23, 2009

Espace Kettaneh Kunigk, Gefinor, Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon

Franck Christen is just concentrating his focus on one phenomenon. He is showing us the beauty of a species, centering the attention on the diversity of form and colour. This may well be the most characteristic quality of an artist who is able to keep his vison clear from all temptations of an overloaded environment focus on one aesthetic discovery. It is his way of observing the world, which re-opens a path to simple phenomena obscured by the plentitude of everyday life. Coping with the complexity of subjects makes it necessary to keep an overview: the more information you can present the better. In contrast to this, Franck Christen seems to be a "privatier". He reduces the environment to simple elements, to decontextualize clippings of plants and landscapes. Focussing on the combination of nature and structure, these pictures are inviting us to recognize our surrounding with a new attention. We are asked to (re-)develop a consciousness for the beauty of the world we live in.


Franck Christen