Vico Fabbris, “Botanical Unknown”
April 8 – May 27, 2006
Opening Reception:  Friday, April 7, 7-9pm

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Vico Fabbris, “Piumaria Ornata”, 2005, watercolor and india ink on paper, 30 x 22 inches.

Los Angeles, California – Forum Gallery presents the exhibition Vico Fabbris: Botanical Unknown from April 8 – May 27, 2006, with an opening reception on Friday, April 7, from 7-9 pm.  The artist will be present for this first exhibition of his work on the West Coast, which includes 25 intricately beautiful watercolors of imaginary botanicals.
Fabbris’ world is truly a magical one, of mysterious plants which once might have existed, and which he showcases in phantasmagoric spaces replete with backgrounds filled with such exotic elements as nomadic tribes, ancient ruins, and tangled masses of tropical vegetation.  Below many of these images but still on the face of the paper, Fabbris sometimes writes in his native Italian a brief yet very specific (and of course imaginary) history of the botanical which cites salient points as to what the plant might have been used for, where it grew, and where it was first discovered.

The artist’s invented botanical lexicon is reflected in Latin derived titles such as Elipsicum Rosea, Campanula Alata, and Androgina Asiatica, which represent a starting point to the visual narrative. In the watercolor Chataquam Tigrata, for instance, a disembodied plant is suspended in mid-air.  Its elongated stem, bulging petals, and protruding stamens are covered in mottles resembling those of an Indian tiger. This same Tigrata plant towers over a jungle vegetation which appears before a vast plain on which extend the ruins of an ancient fortification: the focal point to a setting in which both time and place have been eliminated. Hence Fabbris opens for the viewer a visual door through which our notions of what is real about nature, science, even history, are challenged.
Born in Florence, Italy, Fabbris attended that city’s Institute of Arte Porta Romana and received his MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, also in Florence.  He is currently an adjunct faculty member at the New England School of Art and Design / Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.  His work has been included in numerous solo and group shows in the New England area with examples in public collections such as the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and the Provincetown, Massachusetts, Art Association and Museum.  He continues to divide his time between Boston and Florence.

Speaking of his Botanical Unknowns, Fabbris has said:
“These works are the ‘imaginary’ plants which existed but were never really seen. That is, invented – extinct. It is a voyage around the world to various places lost in the most remote corners of the earth, imagined in the studio, that becomes forests, plants with medicinal properties, people artifacts and stories-legends-perfumes. A vast world without end, although all revolves around a plant-flower; all born by chance.  The dialogue is open, and everything is real, and everything is fake.”

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