Slick Innuendo Pierre Lahaussois and Jenny Walker bring a science-fiction flavor peppered with organic overtones to Slick Innuendo at Rockwell Art Galleries in Ridgefield –-October 15th –December 3rd. RIDGEFIELD, CT – October 15th, 2011 -Rockwell Art Gallery in Ridgefield presents the ultra modern interpretations of Surrealist Pierre Lahaussois and Figurative Abstractionist Jenny Walker from October 15th, through December 3rd 2011.
The public is invited to an opening reception:
in conjunction with “Fall in love with Ridgefield” on Saturday October 15th from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Rockwell Art and Framing of Ridgefield is located at 470 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Phone 203-894-8000. Rockwellartandframing.com
Pierre Etienne Lahaussois born in Paris, France, was raised in France and Spain, coming to the U.S. in 1970. That year after graduating from the French Lycee in New York, he started to work on creating his own jewelry. Louis Feron, the Master Goldsmith who was making Jean Schlumberger jewelry for Tiffany & Co., recognized Pierre’s talents and took him on as an apprentice. After his apprenticeship Pierre set out independently to make his jewelry, abstract paintings, and surrealistic sculpture. He had his work shown at the French Embassy in 1974 along with works of Chirico, Salvador Dali and Marcel Duchamp for the 50th Anniversary of the Manifeste Surrealiste. Pierre then embarked on a very successful career with Tiffany & Co in which he started as a designer and ascended to the ranks of Jeweler, Foreman of the Jewelry Shop, Associate Design Director, and finally Divisional Vice President of Jewelry Manufacturing. During his time there he met world renowned jewelry designer, Paloma Picasso and years later assisted with her famed jewelry collection. In 1988 Pierre left Tiffany & Co. to create his own consulting firm, patenting some of his inventions, designed and manufactured objects for the Museum of Modern Art. In 2007 Pierre decided that he wanted to return to his lifetime dream of creating his own art: abstract painting, photography and sculpture. Pierre’s attention to detail, composition, and representation of textures conveys his experiences into his art. Jenny Walker a graduate of Skidmore College with a double concentration in drawing and sculpture deals with organic forms and figurative abstraction. Her black and white line drawings combine the unforgiving, explosive spontaneity of ink and its ability to construct intricate minutia. The resulting matrix of lines, spurts, and splotches generates an ephemeral quality to the works that encourages multiple impressions of form. The artist enjoys that each person comes to the works with a different impression. There is something reminiscently human about the works, but also elusive; they are at once familiar and indeterminate. The process for creating the ink drawings is very intuitive. These works focus on the female figure and begin to take form after a few strokes. As the marks of ink begin to cover the paper, the drawings begin to materialize as arms, legs, and torsos, directing their own compositions as they are produced. Some strokes become descriptive of the form itself while others serve as directional lines that extend the movement beyond the limitations of the paper’s edge. “I create the works on the floor using only an ink dropper to produce the different lines. Depending on the pressure I apply to the eyedropper and the motion of my arm I can produce all of the different types of strokes. To create the thickest areas I throw the ink directly from the bottle onto the paper. Control is limited in this technique, but I enjoy the sense of freedom and spontaneity when I create.” “In terms of intention, the works are a coming of age exploration. As a woman in my mid-twenties, I am just beginning to become more comfortable with my adult self. These works explore my growing ideas of sexuality and religion, from physical ecstasy to martyrdom. Some express the weight of decisions, the idea of carrying a burden, and the suppression of self-expression. They reflect on the sense of internal struggle that comes with the uncertainty and ambivalence of these situations. In others I try to deal with blossoming sexuality and the ability to identify myself as a sexual being without attaching stigma. For these reasons the works are personally liberating as a platform to express my evolving views, my internal struggle, and growth.
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