Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to participate in the 9th Edition of VOLTA New York 2016, Booth B8, from March 2 - 6, 2016. On view will be a solo presentation of new sculptures and paintings by Edie Beaucage.
Beaucage’s Skipper paintings invite you to follow a young swashbucklers couple in a topside adventure. Petula is a sailor, she sold all her belongings and now navigates the big salty. Her sea legs took her to the South Pacific. A femme of high spirits, she enjoys great conversations with aged tequila in her sailboat boudoir. She loves to be top free on the island, surrounding herself with quiet plants. She spends most of her time talking with her lover and shipmate, a philosopher from Denmark named Gudbjorn (whom she calls Gud). Gud loves cutting wood, making wood ornaments and thinking about how the world’s population is exponentially growing. What will happen to the food production in Micronesia, he wonders? Gud wonders a lot and then he writes books with solutions about it; from his own experience on the ground. Every afternoon Petula swims. Gud takes pictures of Petula day and night. They plumb the depths together.
In parallel to S/Z’s Roland Barthes search for openness of interpretation in literature; Beaucage organized her current exhibition to allow for a looseleaf narrative. Barthes had concluded that "an ideal text is one that is reversible, or open to the greatest variety of independent interpretations and not restrictive in meaning; avoiding strict timelines and exact definitions of events." Beaucage brings about this reversibility in the exhibition by choosing a series of paintings that mixes the plot in a non linear fashion.
The viewer will discover the paintings by looking through sculptures and painting installations. Multicolor trees and freestanding painted characters are installed on the gallery floor to produce a deep focus space. The inclusion of the three levels of foreground, middle ground and background objects will create for the viewer a similar effect to a depth of field composition in cinematography; allowing the viewer to focus both close and distant planes.