Valerie Goodman Gallery is delighted to present "Earth in Fire", a collection of 12 new vessels by Claire de Lavallée . This will be her first solo show at the gallery and in the United States. We would like to invite you to view the pieces from January 29, 2019 until March 1, 2019 at Valerie Goodman Gallery, 315 East 91st Street.
In her work Claire de Lavallée investigates the Fold and the Light.
Gille Deleuze writes in The Fold (1992) “…the fold does not only affect all materials, which also become expression material, according to different scales, speeds, vectors (mountains, waters, papers, fabrics the living tissues, the brain), but it determines and makes appear the form, it makes a form of expression, gestaltung, the genetic element or the infinite line of inflection, the curve to single variable”
The folds give form and rigidity to the raw material, shapeless but alert that is the earth. Claire explores the movement of withdrawal that gives the potentiality of deployment. To bend, to fold, to unfold are primordial and founding impulses, the first movements of life.
In this body of work she further investigates light with her work on whites, brown and glazed ceramics. “Comme un Glacier” showcases a Pearly white, shiny, lighter than at the bottom, dull in places, altered by the background, vibrant. It is made of porcelain from Bavaria which -exceptionally for porcelain-contains Chamotte giving the piece its rough sandy areas, and those smooth cooler to the touch. “As in the sea” says the artist.
“Corbeille Celeste” is also part of her research on Light but here through the practice of Breaks and holes. Crossing light, contrast with the dark aspect of the room. The material is a heavy sandstone, thick and granular, soberly enameled with "temoku", in Japonese style dark enamel. Claire de Lavallée adds “The way the light plays on her cheeks we do not really know if she is rather not made of leather or wood. Nor if it comes from Africa, Asia. Socratic cave with multiple openings to the light? celestial body launched into the universe?
We do not know. What is it for ? What can it contain, which does not escape, with all these cracks? Oranges, of course, that will not rot thanks to the Air circulating in the bowl.”
Each piece is unique and signed
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