Otherwise known for his beautiful, ultrarealist
still lifes in charcoal, Abdelke has also taken an active role in organizing the exhibition, designing the invitation and issuing an unusual artist's statement that will be displayed alongside the work.
Reading as meditations on overlooked moments of existence, the artist's ultrarealist
renderings of everyday subjects present as image the solitude and cool pathos of the more abstract sculptures.
In taking this line, the obituarists displayed an intellectual shortcoming typical of Anglo-American empiricism, and displayed it on two fronts: first, in their failure to understand that literary "realism" is itself a construct as laden with artifice as any other; and second, in missing the glaring fact that Robbe-Grillet's novels are actually ultrarealist
, shot through at every level with the sheer quiddity of the environments to which they attend so faithfully.