Thursday, March 13, 2014

Acclaimed Haitian Artist Edouard Duval-Carrié Debutes at Perez Art Museum - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

After Heade: Moonlit Landscape, 2013, Edouard Duval-Carrié’
Acclaimed Haitian Artist Edouard Duval-Carrié Debutes at Perez Art Museum 
Imagined Landscapes
March 13th to August 31st 2014
Edouard Duval-Carrié: Imagined Landscapes is an exhibition project involving a series of new works generated over the past year by the Haitian-born, Miami-based artist Edouard Duval-Carrié (b. 1954). Known for his innovative adaptions of traditional Haitian iconography, which he engages in order to address contemporary social and political conditions, Duval-Carrié is presenting a series of large-scale paintings and sculptures. Contrasting his signature use of strong colors, this project presents works executed entirely in black and silver glitter. Involving extensive research, Imagined Landscapes presents lush tropical scenes that reference specific nineteenth-century paintings executed in the Caribbean and Florida. These paintings, by artists such as William Heade and Frederick Church, were commissioned as part of Colonial interests in promoting economic development of these areas of the world. The artists used pictorial effects, imagination and fictions to present the Caribbean as the “New Eden,” a fertile land of possibility. Duval-Carrié’s works translate these historical images into his own contemporary aesthetic language, in order to address the manner in which the tropics of the Caribbean and Florida continue to be sold as tropical paradises, in ways that often obscure economic and social disparities that continue to be perpetuated in these contexts.

Link to Perez Art Museum
Link to Artist website

What could be my favorite piece from the permanent collection of the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Edouard Duval-Carrié has an installation wall mount on the first floor.  "The Indigo Room or Is Memory Water Soluble."  Often overlooked because the piece hangs on a wall not seen from the main gallery's. It's a powerful work of art.  The piece is a collaboration with students from Dillard Center for the Arts. Beautiful blues and greens back-lit for an effect like the large stain glass found in churches.  The church effect is amplified by the small quite space the piece is hung in.  The story told is one of immigration across water, a story familiar to every American's family story.  The dangers and uncertainty of the journey are represented by the students in the painted tiles as is the price the country left behind pays for all it's sons and daughters leaving for good. GL

Read more about the piece here

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