Turning Point. The exhibition will feature 2 monumental sculptures, 2 medium and 4 small-size sculptures alongside 6 pastels and charcoal drawings on paper. Labauvie's hand cut and forged steel sculptures, although abstract, evoke organic shape, elusive human figures and natural forms.
Haim Chanin Fine Arts is pleased to announce Turning Point, the first solo exhibition in New York of French sculptor Dominique Labauvie, on view from January 31 through March 7, 2009. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, January 31, 2009 from 6 to 8 PM in presence of the artist. The exhibition will feature 2 monumental sculptures, 2 medium and 4 small-size sculptures alongside 6 pastels and charcoal drawings on paper.
Labauvie’s hand cut and forged steel sculptures — although abstract, evoke organic shape, elusive human figures and natural forms. An assemblage of “calligraphic” lines and thicker masses, the sculptures frequently stand on three points; they seem at once fragile, in constant movement, and solidly grounded, as if frozen in time. Labauvie explains this paradox: “A turning point is defined by this indefinite time of potential before a process is complete. The sculpture’s momentum is cyclical; from line to volume and back again through the line. Within this cycle, the viewer becomes an actor; part of its creation. When the energy of the formal movement is completed, the white space takes over and the intellectual dynamic begins”. In his drawings, Labauvie explores the same tension between line and volume, between positive and negative space.
Living in Tampa, FL, since 1998, Dominique Labauvie was born in Strasbourg, France in 1948. He studied literature, philosophy and art history at the University of Strasbourg before deciding to become a sculptor. In 1987, Labauvie entered the prestigious Gallery Maeght with which he had eight acclaimed solo exhibitions and published several catalogues. His work is part of numerous public and private collections, among which the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL, Runnymede Sculpture Park, Woodside, CA, the Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris, France, the National Collection of Contemporary Art, Paris, France, the Public Collection of Contemporary Art of the City of Paris, France, the Fondation Maeght, St. Paul, France. Labauvie has been commissioned to create more than a dozen monumental sculptures for both private collectors and public art projects in France and in the US.
Opening Reception with the Artist Saturday, January 31, 2009 6-8 PM
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