HONG KONG – The life-size version of Fabien Mérelle’s “Pentateuque” will be exhibited in Hong Kong’s Statue Square Garden beginning May 21 to July 6.
Presented by Edouard Malingue Gallery, the five-meter-tall statue made of resin and fiberglass depicts an elephant balanced on the back of a man. The male figure was cast from the body of the artist himself, while the elephant is modeled after one at the Singapore zoo.
“The work brings to real life Mérelle’s imaginary world, which lies between a dream and the existent,” says Jennifer Caroline Ellis from Edouard Malingue Gallery. “It's implausible, yet, one comes to question whether it's conceivable.”
“Pentateuque” refers to the first five books of the bible and the sculpture humorously alludes to the human propensity for carrying the weight of the world on one’s shoulders, metaphorically bending over under the burden of religion, culture, and society’s expectations.
The small-scale model of the work was last exhibited at Marina Bay Sands as part of Art Stage Singapore 2013. The life-sized version of the sculpture is part of Mérelle’s first solo show in Hong Kong, “Elles et moi," that's timed to coincide with Art Basel Hong Kong. As well as the outdoor public exhibition of the sculpture, Edouard Malingue Gallery will show Mérelle’s ink and watercolor works inside their gallery space.