Ocula MagazineContentsView All
Featured ContentView All
Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

Read More
Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

Read More
Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

Read More

Fabien Mérelle

b. 1981, France

Fabien Merelle was born in Fontenay-sous-Bois, France in 1981 and currently lives and works in Paris. He creates delicate and highly detailed drawings in black ink and watercolour. He recently graduated from the Beaux-Arts academy in Paris and received a scholarship in 2005 to atten the Beaux-Arts academy in Xi'An, China. This trans-global opportunity permitted Mérelle to discover and perfect the use of alternative Eastern drawing techniques, such as Chinese ink. Upon his return to the West, Mérelle was granted a residence at the prestigious Casa Vélasquez in Madrid and in 2010 he was the first winner of the highly lauded Canson Prize.

Upon first encounter with his drawings they appear realistic. However, upon secondary consultation it becomes clear they actually depict otherworldy scenes, unsettling situations, and dream-like occurences. Working on a small scale against a sparse white background, his drawings encourages the viewer to peer into an unusual world which at first appears familiar, but is a rendering of our personal subconscious. These renderings are humorous and ironic, as they weave their own trapestry of tales and legends, blurring the line between what has been recorded, and what we remember.

Fabien Mérelle’s exquisite work has received international recognition and has been exhibited at The Armory Show in New York as well as Art Paris. Mérelle recently had a solo exhibition at Praz-Delavallade gallery in Paris and was previously part of a group show at Guy Bärtschi gallery in Geneva.

Read More

In Related Press

Gallerist-to-watch Lorraine Kiang Malingue on Hong Kong based Edouard Malingue Gallery Related Press Gallerist-to-watch Lorraine Kiang Malingue on Hong Kong based Edouard Malingue Gallery Art Radar Journal : 15 February 2017

Lorraine Kiang Malingue is the Gallery Director and Co-Founder of Edouard Malingue Gallery in Hong Kong. The gallery held its first exhibition in 2010, and has since exhibited a range of artists from French Fabien Mérelle to Indonesian video artists Tromarama and 82 year-old Korean artist Cho Yong-Ik. The gallery represents 23 artists, with...

Read More
The weight of Fabien Merelle Related Press The weight of Fabien Merelle Juxtapoz : 24 August 2016

Fabien Merelle's "renderings, simultaneously absurd, humorous, ironic and cruel, weave their own tapestry of tales and legends, blurring the line between what has been written and what our memory has forged."

Read More

Be among the first to know when new artworks and exhibitions by Fabien Mérelle are added to Ocula.

WeChat

Scan the QR Code via WeChat to follow Ocula's official account.

iCal GoogleYahooOutlook