ORLAN: New Sculpture and New Photography
Claude Viallat: Recent Works
Galerie Hélène Lamarque
125 NW 23rd Street, Miami FL 33127
Hélène Lamarque, a gallerist and private art dealer with offices in Paris and Hong Kong opened a public space in Wynwood not far from the museums of Mira & Don Rubell and Martin Z. Marguilies. Originating from Paris and with a classic European education, Lamarque has bold ambitions to help push Miami even further as the cultural destination of the Americas.
While Lamarque’s background and focus is on established French Contemporary Art such as Claude Viallat and ORLAN, Lamarque in an interview with the French Consulate is quoted by saying, “I am wary of the label ‘French contemporary art’ and skeptical about the whole idea of culture. ’Nationalism’ brings us back to the darkest hours of European history. I also believe that our artists are first and foremost international and that they were fed on the history of world art.”
To that end, Lamarque ventured out into Indian Contemporary Art and has been exhibiting and educating the Miami public on emerging artists from India in her Wynwood gallery as well as in the art fairs. Her views ring true for me as I exhibit and educate on the Chinese Contemporary Art Movement and promote artists working with an International vocabulary.
ORLAN, Shifting Dress Code, 2011
3D printed Nylon 80 cm., Edition of 5
Her approach to making art using the Body as a perpetual point of reference through photography, performance, plastic surgery, installations and sculpture, ameliorates the distinctions between subject and object, medium and place, gender and gender norms, standards of beauty and race, abstraction and representation. Most sensationally, in the 1990’s she underwent nine plastic surgeries, one of which was to place implants generally used as cheek implants on her temples, creating an appearance of a character from the 1960's television show, Star Trek.
In this exhibition, Lamarque features a new computer made sculpture, Shifting Dress Code, and a series of new three-dimensional photographs entitled Shifting Folds. ORLAN embraces a vast network of cultural references and reconfigures the way Folds define and form the body within the context of the history of sculpture - from the Folds of the Body to the Fold without the Body. As Lamarque states "the exhibition challenges notions of sculpture and its forms, engaging the viewer in a dialogue that redefines the idea of the body. Using modern technology, the artist explores various themes: the sacred, the feminine, body presence and absence. These works exemplify ORLAN's ability to capture both the sensuality and spirituality of the human body, in just a few folds."
ORLAN: New Sculpture and New Photography, exhibition view
Claude Viallat: Recent Works
Villat, Untitled No.213, 2010
126 x 93 cm
Viallat is known for his emblematic “shape” which evokes both a net or a flat knot. This shape is created with a brush and a stencil and marked all over loose fabric, tents, rugs or curtains, endlessly repeating itself in organic colors; notably, his works are never signed. This form has become Viallat's trademark and signature.
As the artist explained, “I wanted to break both surface and space ...what truly matters is the way in which colors play with the other colors below, how in an intuitive, unintended way, I succeed in organizing the surface with density and intensity.”
Viallat, exhibition view 2011
Viallat exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1982 and later in the decade he represented France at the Venice Biennial in 1988. More recently, Viallat has been shown at Cheim Read in New York City. Viallat’s work is held in many public collections worldwide, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Fondation Cartier, the National Museum of Osaka, the Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal, and the Kustmuseum Basel, Basel Switzerland. Most recently, Viallat appeared at the Philip & Patricia Frost Museum exhibition entitled Tour de France/Florida curated by Martine Buissart, an independent curator and specialist in French contemporary art and Carol Damian, Director of the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University.