Artists' Reception and Conversation at Verve Gallery
CHARBONNEAU / FRENCH & JENNIFER HUDSON
Opening Reception: Friday, November 4, 2011, 5-7pm
Exhibition is on view through Saturday, December 31, 2011
Conversations with the artists: Saturday, November 5, 2011, 2pm
Location: VERVE Gallery of Photography
Jeff Charbonneau and Eliza French have been working together since 2004. Each share overlaps in the arts and entertainment industries. Charbonneau's background is in music, anthropology, and photography and French's in screenwriting and Art History. The combination is powerful and dynamic. As a team Charbonneau/French creates installation-based images. The approach leads to an investment in the frames; a level of truth emerges, for the instant depicted did occur.
The series Massillon finds root in family folklore, and the title from the city where French's great-grandmother lived. At times somber, melancholic, even destructive, and in others dream-like and enchanted each piece is woven with powerful poetics. Playground has a greater sense of idealism. Balance, rhythm, proportion, and shape set tones for more calm and stable sentiment. Even in a darker works there is a sense of greater stability, for the height of emotion, the point of action, even if overwhelming, seems to have passed. The calm at times may be eery, but there is nothing left to fear.
Jennifer Hudson's work draws inspiration from faith and intimacy. The works are small and precious. Their size causes viewers to draw near and the viewer is enveloped into each frame of the three series presented: Baptism, Flora, and Medic. Flora is elegant with thorns and reneders the figure almost object or amulet-like and Baptism engages the stages from dispair and guilt to prayer, commitment, reconciliation and eventually grace. These two series do borrow from and recall religious iconography, pattern, and form. Medic shifts a bit and looks at the intimate, the fragile, the temporary human state. Strange somber scenes seem caught between past and future and recall difficult stages in life, including illness, death, and pain. Strange machines, tubes, recording devices, support systems surround the figures depicted and we do believe in the impossible mechanics and are in touch with the very human desire to preserve the body and the spirit.
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