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Edith Beaucage

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PETULA & GUDBJORN

PETULA & GUDBJORN, 2016

OIL ON CANVAS

58 X 78 IN

ARTIST STATEMENT

SERIES OF PAINTINGS BY EDITH BEAUCAGE

Skipper

Edith Beaucage's paintings invite us to follow a young swashbuckler couple in a topside adventure. Petula is a sailor who sold all of 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. "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? Every afternoon Petula swims. Gud takes pictures of Petula day and night. They plumb the depths together.

In parallel to Roland Barthes' essay S/Z and his search for openness of interpretation in literature, Edith Beaucage organized her current body of work, Skipper, to allow for a flexible narrative, creating a series of paintings that straddle representation and abstraction and mixes the "plot" in a non-linear fashion. While initial sketches help to unfold the narrative, the characters and situation determine how the individual environment is depicted in each painting. The viewer will discover the paintings by looking through freestanding sculptural elements that produce a deep focus space similar in effect to a depth of field composition in cinematography, allowing them to focus on both close and distant planes.

Chill Bivouac Rhymes

Beaucage's Chill Bivouac Rhymes paintings and mix media exhibition invites you to follow a small group of teens at a rave concert. A young Bolshoi ballerina; Ekaterina becomes a rave bunny and escapes her Russian lover to venture in cutting shapes with a young surfer from Bora Bora.

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, including molly induced moments and cinematic tropes in 3D.

All the images visually rhyme with one another around a central bivouac; a campsite in the woods where the Rave is happening. The rhymes are geometric elements that are both color and sound. The viewer will discover the paintings by looking through sculptures and painting installation. Multicolor trees, an octagon geometric shape and freestanding painted campers are installed on the gallery floor to produce a deep focus space. The inclusion of the three levels of foreground, middle ground and extreme background objects (a large painting 9 x 12 feet) 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. Beaucage created enamel on Iron pieces that where fired at 1450° F; fusing glass to metal. Influenced by Limoges enamelings from the mid 1600s, her ravers are incapsulated in a deep glossy tranced out spaces.

Bidibidiba

Bidibidiba is a figure of speech for love, pleasure, sentimentality, and fun…Bidibidiba is where characters are built with painting activation in mind. Multicolored brush strokes are used to build abstractions that are part of the figure. The imagery is built with paint that reverts the figure/ground conversation to a figure/figure construction by building what used to be "ground" onto the same plane as the figure so they can interact.

The exhibition consists of "idealistically" bound portraits of diverse characters including girls and philosophers, art students (both fictional and real), hipsters with mustaches, Egyptian girls, princesses, knights, dragons, musketeers, wigged women, bearded men, and dandies. They are sometimes in conversations or simply doing their jobs of being portraits and holding the paint together.

Bidibidiba, is the title song of the 1970 movie "L' Homme Orchestre" ("The Orchestra Men") with French comedian Louis De Funes. Specifically, the Bidibidiba dance within this comedy had the effect of molding a desire in the Beaucage for a modern and colorful life. Bidibidiba is light, entertaining, new, and full of sentimentality. Also influencing the artist is Roland Barthes who wrote Le Plaisir Du Texte (The Pleasure of the Text), a book he was hoping would influence other thinkers, philosophers and researchers to consider pleasure within the critical discourse. In a 1973 interview, Roland Barthes talks about his book and explains very simply that the notion of pleasure is on "the right", attempting to convince his friends on "the left" that pleasure should not be dismissed and actually included into criticality. He later took on the subject of love in the same manner in 1977 with his book Fragments d'un Discours Amoureux (A Lovers Discourse).

.hurluberlu

The exhibition continues the artist's exploration of painted images that investigate relationships between signs of abstraction and figuration and how we derive meaning by simple juxtaposition of these signs. Beaucage invents characters and places them side by side with an abstracted form into a scenario that mimics what happens in a social space. The emotional thread woven into the paintings, the social spaces, is meant to stimulate discourse with the audience.

In the artist's native Quebec, a "hurluberlu" is one who is a little crazy, sweet and original in his way of thinking, how he dresses and behaves. Physical applications of volatile multicolor brush strokes to the canvas, are the basis for the hurlubelu—like characters, while the abstractions are an investigation of improvised construction based on the shape of a lozenge (diamond shape) and Catalan solids (geometric). Relationships between the figures and the abstractions are associated by modal logic theorems in witch a lozenge represents a possibility and the figure is an agent (player). We are therefore in the domain of hurluberlu.

BRIEF BIO

Edith Beaucage (b. Quebec, Canada) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She received her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2010 and BA from Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada. She also studied at Palazzo Spinelli, Centro per L'arte e Il Restauro, Florence, Italy.

Beaucage has presented solo exhibitions with Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, CB1 Gallery, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Los Angeles, and Bolsky Gallery at Otis College of Art And Design. Group exhibitions include Armory Center for the Arts, Los Angeles; Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles; Piasa, Paris, France; 2A Gallery, Los Angeles, Appeals Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Woodbury University, Los Angeles, LAX Airport, on the Cusp at LAWA, Los Angeles; and the Colburn Music School, Los Angeles, among others.

BRIEF CV

Lives and works in Los Angeles

EDUCATION
2010 MFA, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
1993 Palazzo Spinelli, Centro per L'arte e Il Restauro, Florence, Italy
1986 B.A. Bishop's University, Quebec, Canada

RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016
Skipper, VOLTA NY 2016, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
2015
Chill Bivouac Rhymes CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles
2012
Bidibidiba, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles
2011
.Hurluberlu, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles

RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
VERTIGO: Power Of Water, John Akomfrah, Edith Beaucage and Marco G.Ferrari, online
exhibition and lecture, organized by Camilla Boemio
2015
UNTITLED Miami 2015, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
LAWA (Los Angeles World Airports) LAX Art Program"On the Cusp"curated by John David O'Brien
March to September 2015 (Terminal 7)
Off The Wall; Pasadena Armory Center Biennial Auction and Benefit
2014
Art is Hope, Piasa, curated by Rene Julien Praz, Paris, France (catalog)
Encore, CB1 Gallery
LA Heat, Chinese American Museum, curated by Steven Wong, Los Angeles (catalog)
Love is in the Air, 2A Gallery, curated by Calvin Phelps, Los Angeles
FreshStart Mc Call Foundation fundraiser for LA's best
2013
Art Fair: Miami Projects CB1 Gallery Booth, Miami Basel Fair
Off The Wall, Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts, Los Angeles
Some Fine Women, Vast Space Project, Las Vegas (catalog)
Fanatic, Kamikaze Nights, Post Gallery curated by Lily Simonson, Los Angeles
Verhond's International, Appels Gallery, curated by Art Initiative Verhond, Amsterdam

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