Gail Albert Halaban: Out my Window, Vis à Vis
Elene Usdin: Femmes d’intérieur
Exhibition Dates: March 31 – May 2, 2015
Artists’ Reception: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Galerie Esther Woerdehoff is pleased to exhibit the work of two women artists, Gail Albert Halaban and Elene Usdin. Far from being a paparazza, the American artist Gail Albert Halaban invites herself in the intimacy of the inhabitants of New York or Paris - an elegant way to draw the portraits of theses two major cities and those who live there. The approach of the artist is to get in contact with the individuals she photographs through the phone book. Most of the time, they accept and allow Gail Albert Halaban to create links between those neighbors we usually only observe out the window or simply meet in the lobby. Staged, these pictures evolve from landscapes into genre scenes and into portraits. Small theaters where the light is on and where individuals paused in the banality of their everyday life: the kids are taking their bath, we prepare our meals, watch television, or just dream at the window - all stories the photographer lets us imagine the end.
The series Femmes d’intérieur by Elene Usdin only includes unicas, painted by hand on the photography. The artist, who is an illustrator and a visual artist as well as a photographer, reinterprets famous paintings from the history of classical or modern art (by Raphael, Ingres, Schiele, Balthus etc), all portraits of women painted by men. These figures of the past, princesses or muses, now pose as cut-out silhouettes within a domestic environment, modern and mundane. They seem to merge with the furniture, in a feminist discourse by an artist who is constantly thinking about the representation of women through her work. - Galerie Esther Woerdehoff Press Release
To read the release and preview works online, please contact Galerie Esther Woerdehoff.