January 5-26 : Exhibition « Interior Landscapes » | Opening on January 4
Exhibition « Interior Landscapes »
An exhibition of four artists-in-residence at the Fondation des Etats-Unis
For the 1st Art-Hop-Polis of the year 2017, the Fondation des États-Unis is happy to welcome the exhibition « Interior Landscapes »where the recent work of four artists-in-residence at the Fondation des Etats-Unis, including three Americans and one French artist will be presented. The variety of processes and inspirations stemming from this artistic community is unique in Paris and across the globe. Laura Francese, Taylor Smith, Alteronce Gumby and Zoe Walsh present their creations in two dimensions– predominantly paintings and prints—and invite the viewer to interpret, interact with and draw inspiration from this eclectic and deeply personal ensemble.
The artists :
Laura Francese first completed a bachelor’s degree in the History of Art and Archeology at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. She is currently completing her second bachelor’s at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, where she is developing her research in visual arts and design. She has been residing in the Fondation des Etats-Unis since September 2016. Laura’s recent creations share a common taste for narration which expresses itself in words just as much as in images. She is interested in the representation of the most simple and magical aspects of life: color, light, nature, and human relationships. However, she also questions life’s most complex qualities: the depth of facts presumed simple, the hidden faces of people and situations. Laura also has an interesting writing practice in which she is developing a dictionary of illustrated words that she plans to publish.
Taylor Smith received a B.F.A in Painting and a B.A. in Art History from Boston University in 2015. She has participated in several group and solo exhibitions in the U.S., France and Spain, and is currently finishing her master’s in cultural mediation at the Ecole du Louvre this year. She works across several different mediums, including oil and acrylic paint, collage, printmaking, glassblowing and, most recently, outdoor mural painting. Through a creative practice that draws on human interaction and the natural environment as her main sources of inspiration, Taylor’s pieces integrate natural and man-made forms and materials. Often beginning with an existing surface pattern, such as cracking paint on a roof terrace wall in the Canary Islands, or an “automatic drawing” consisting of a set of paint splatters and collage materials she generates herself, Taylor then adds structure to the apparent randomness of patterns she observes in nature.
Alteronce Gumby is an artist from New York City. He received his Masters’ in Fine Arts from Yale University in Painting and Printmaking this past May 2016. Before coming to Paris, Gumby has previously participated in international residencies such as The Dumfries House in Scotland, UK, Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria and London Summer Intensive in London, UK. Gumby has also shown internationally with various group exhibitions in New York, London and Los Angeles. Gumby’s work has evolved predominantly around the process of painting, but has also explored expression in other forms such as ceramic, poetry and performance. Gumby has arrived in Paris just after opening his debut solo exhibition in New York City at 6 Base in the Bronx, where he produced the second version of his immersive work on paper, One Way Ticket Across The Universe. While in Paris, Gumby will engage in a conceptual and metaphorical conversation with Yves Klein and the migration of African-Americans to Paris in the 20th century.
Zoe Walsh earned their M.F.A. in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University in 2016 and their B.A. in Art History and the Visual Arts from Occidental College in 2011. At Yale, Walsh was awarded the Al Held Travel Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in 2015. She was granted a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship through the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, France for the 2016-2017 academic year. Walsh’s work has been exhibited at venues such as Abrons Art Center, New York, Yve YANG Gallery, Boston and Pieter Performance Space, Los Angeles. They will have a solo exhibition of their work at the Fondation des États-Unis in 2017. While in Paris, Walsh is exploring the intersections of the Romantic movement in French painting and interfaces between interior and exterior spaces in Le Corbusier’s architecture.
Monday to Friday from 10am to 12:30pm and 2:30pm to 6pm.
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The exhibition will be closed on the 17th of January!
The vernissage will take place on January 4th at 7pm as part of Art-Hop-Polis, art hopping at the Cité internationale. La Maison des étudiants suédois also invite you to discover its exhibition.
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