Vertical Gallery, Flog hit ‘Rewind’ at SCOPE Miami Beach 2023
Vertical Gallery, Chicago’s premier urban-contemporary art gallery, is proud to present ‘Rewind,’ French painter Flog’s first U.S. solo exhibition.
‘Rewind,’ on view at SCOPE Miami Beach 2023 from Dec. 5-10, features a series of bold new paintings and sketches spotlighting Flog’s signature Human of Glass character — a transparent, genderless vessel containing the vast spectrum of emotions and experiences that together represent the essence of humanity.
“’Rewind’ is by far my most ambitious exhibition,” Flog says. “My Human of Glass character is evolving in a universe different from what the public has seen to date, and with 30 paintings and as many sketches, spectators will discover my work in proportions never seen anywhere before.”
By turns playful, poignant and profound, ‘Rewind’ draws visual and thematic inspiration from the formative moments in Flog’s upbringing. “The experiences we had as a child shape us as adults. They are our most important memories, but as we grow up, we tend to forget them or put them aside, for all kinds of reasons,” Flog says. “’Rewind’ is a very personal exhibition. But, as is very often the case in my work, spectators will be able to identify with my characters through the situations or dreams told, because ultimately, we all share similar memories and the same references.”
Color continues to play an elemental role throughout Flog’s body of work, symbolizing the feelings, knowledge and values that make each human unique. ‘Rewind’ embraces the colors of the 1980s and 1990s, affording the artist the opportunity to explore an all new palette of tints and tones.
“Color is life, so that’s what colors convey for me,” Flog says. “I think that each color has potential, and its own way of speaking to people. My favorite colors are not necessarily yours, but each color is able to express and convey something.”
Flog (born Florian Gaborit in 1984) began drawing during childhood, going on to study graphic design at Nantes’ École Pivaut before pursuing his painting career. He gained international attention following the 2020 introduction of the Human of Glass series, contributing works featuring the character to Vertical Gallery’s ninth and tenth anniversary group shows as well as 2022’s ‘Atomic Number 13 Part 2.’ Flog has also exhibited in Paris and Rome, among other international destinations.
SCOPE Miami Beach, 801 Ocean Drive, South Beach
December 5 - 10, 2023