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Charlene Vanneste @ Bowery

  • Parasol Projects @ Bowery 208 Bowery New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)


SYMBOLIC CREATIVE presents Charlene Vanneste: Dialogues, the artist’s first solo show in New York City. Visions of spirits and ancient tribes began to appear in Vanneste’s dreams upon moving to Indonesia. Waking her up from these visions, shadows would shift around her and she felt they were trying to speak. After discussing it with her mother and a shaman, Vanneste discovered that these spirits were her Indonesian ancestors contacting her. Vanneste began to record the symbols and characters of her ancestors through mark making on canvas using a pallet knife heaped with oils and acrylics. Forging scenes synonymous with early cave art, the visions inspired her artwork as it took on a new, more tribal and primitive form. The genderless iconic character Vanneste has created connotes how regardless of sex we are all humans and it is important to treat people with equal respect. United, humans are more powerful and connecting people through art creates community. The power and energy of working together is expressed through her hieroglyphic stories. Combining contemporary European methods and primitive influence from Indonesian spirit warriors, Vanneste creates a dialogue between her ancient ancestors and modern society.

ABOUT CHARLENE VANNESTE (b. France) is of French Indonesian origin, specifically North Sumatran. Her bloodline leads back to the early Batak settlers from mainland Asia. In returning to Indonesia after an almost exclusively Western upbringing, Vanneste reconnected with her roots. She began spontaneously creating characters later discovering they represented ancient tribes of Indonesia. Exploring different mediums, Vanneste’s origins guided her to adapt her hieroglyphs not only onto canvas, but also to the streets under the name Shaolen. Creating a new, fresh, and modern vibe the mysterious yet enchanting characters, which have become her signature style, can be found painted around the world in spots such as London, Paris, Istanbul, and Bali. Vanneste has exhibited in Asia and her artworks are held in private collections in Asia, London, Istanbul, France and the United States.

February 21-March 5 / 10am-6pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 22 / 6-9pm
208 Bowery

For addition information please contact John Angelini, Director

Earlier Event: February 15
ADAY @ Rivington
Later Event: February 22
Bartleby Objects @ Elizabeth