Fabrice Hybert

April 17, 1999 to June 05, 1999

Fabrice Hybert: At Your Own Risk presents 100 of the artist's so-called prototypes, consisting of various forms - for example a square soccer ball - that become the source material for an ongoing investigation into their potential "uses." Hybert invites the viewer to test and demonstrate uses for these prototypes and then to comment upon them. The exhibition also includes 100 video programs featuring demonstration performances by drag artist Éliane Pine Carrington.

Hybert's work draws on a wide range of visual and media arts including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, performance art, installation, video and industrial design. He has been creating "prototypes of functioning objects" since 1990. The prototypes are familiar objects borrowed from everyday life, often modified and given new purpose in exhibition situations. Based on viewers' responses, he may further modify the design of the objects and, in some cases, may have them commercially produced.

Fabrice Hybert was invited to represent France at the 47th Venice Biennale in 1997 and received the Lion D'Or award for best national pavilion. His work has been exhibited throughout Europe at such venues as Musée d'art Contemporain in Bordeaux, A.R.C. Musée d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Musée de Strasbourg and Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig.