After the Fire
Julie Beugin, Clémence Grieco, Margret Hoppe
on view 25 March - 17 April, 2016
After the Fire presents painting, sculpture and photography that abstract from architecture through focused engagements with formal concerns alongside a casual and idiosyncratic approach to the modernist canon. Digressing from iconic concerns of form and material by engaging with the anecdotal and the suggestive, the exhibition combines works that imbues abstractions with a sense of intimacy, born out of individual bodily experience.
In Clémence Grieco’s assemblages, abject construction materials come together with a delicate sensitivity to form and allusion. Working with the raw components of architecture, she makes abstract sculptures that have a personified sense of physical presence. Margret Hoppe works directly with the modernist architectural canon, reframing iconic buildings by Le Corbusier by conveying an experiential view of buildings often only seen, and remembered as, a singular image. By creating abstractions of space through close-ups of details of construction and capturing the details and irregularities of human inhabitation, Hoppe opens new ways to see and think about famous buildings. Julie Beugin’s abstract paintings suggest place and space by merging collaged fragments with gesture and texture to create ambiguous pathways into the canvas that oscillate between flat surface and spatial depth. Emphasizing the transitory and accidental through a focus on material process, no one moment or gesture is overly special; the paintings emerge out of a constant and endless flow of collage, where nothing is too precious not to be cut up.
While loosely borrowing from modernist sculpture, painting and architecture, the artists use abstraction to create a slippage of meaning within a sense of place and space, expressing the constant invisible flow of physical sensation, and multiplicity of emotional tones, underlying the experience of both place and abstraction.