Opening November 8, 2012 6 p.m.: “Meanders”: Furniture in Movement, New Work by Jacques Jarrige at Valerie Goodman Gallery.
Also exhibiting this season:
at the Holiday House with Paula+Martha October 25-November 18
and at Acqua Art Miami December 5 - 9
at Valerie Goodman Gallery
May 15 – July 20, 2012
Valerie Goodman Gallery is proud to present the stirring, poetic, sculptural furniture of Jacques Jarrige at Valerie Goodman Gallery from May 15, 2012 to July 20, 20012, at 315 E 91st Street, in New York.
Excerpts of a conversation with Jacques Jarrige:
"It is in the framework of the hospital workshop that my vocabulary evolved.
I had brought a drawing of the bas-relief for a cabinet to the hospital and as we were making it with a rip saw a slight trembling of the line was created which became part of my vocabulary.
When afterwards I attempted to make a larger version of the cabinet I started to trace the same meandering line I initially had and realized something was missing. The line was too rigid, predictable and didn’t interest me. I realized what had been lost was this look we had found while making the piece together, something that came alive because it was like a natural cut made by erosion in a river.
It became obvious it was the hesitation of the line that made the piece interesting. I retraced the drawing to give it that natural liveliness which resulted in something more sculptural than mechanic.
I wouldn’t have found this unique quality of the line without this collaboration with the patients.
It is as I make a piece that I develop my vocabulary and technique. If I gave my work to a carpenter he would smooth out all the irregularities and I wouldn’t find what I am looking for. I build as I go so that the vocabulary and the technique amplify and strengthen each other. It is what makes the process so stunning and captivating. It is also why I work so well with the patients because they are in the moment like me, finding solutions and expanding as we go.
I am not a designer or a carpenter by trade so I don’t hand my work to a craftsman. A designer would want to see his designs produced in a high end material: in oak with incrustations for example. I chose MDF (Modified Density Fiber board) as one of my materials, not a graceful material by any means but as I work with it, assemble it together to sculpt it, it acquires a fascinating quality. "
After successful shows in Paris and New York in 2010, Jacques Jarrige promises to once again enchant New York audiences—with never-before-seen, functional art creations that evoke both the uneven meanderings of nature and the sophisticated comfort of urban modernity.
Jarrige’s roots are in Classicism, Modernism and Art Brut, but the defining element in his creations is an engaging effortlessness; they connect man and nature with an utter simplicity and balance that restores the spirit. His work is charged with a flowing energy that recalls the poetic fluidity of Matisse’s dancers or the mobility of Calder’s sculptures.
The exhibition, which runs from May 15, 2012 until July 20, 2012, will unveil Jacques Jarrige’s latest work: sculpted cabinets, room dividers, desks and lighting. A particularly outstanding piece is a large, dramatic screen evoking dances from antiquity which traces dramatic light and shadow onto a room.
"I develop my vocabulary and technique in the moment... as I was cutting the wood to follow my drawing I discovered the trembling , hesitating , erosion-like quality of the line that defined this body of work."
In addition to his individual pursuit, Jacques Jarrige also dedicates time to a Parisian psychiatric hospital. An impressive mobile sculpture created by Jarrige and the patients will be on view to demonstrate the synergy of the collaboration.
EXCLUSIVE U.S. DEBUT OF GROUNDBREAKING FRENCH FURNITURE ARTIST
JACQUES JARRIGE AT VALERIE GOODMAN GALLERY
New York, September, 2010 -- Opening October 27th, 2010, acclaimed French Furniture and Lighting artist Jacques Jarrige will exhibit for the first time in the U.S. a collection of tables, stools, chandeliers and other lighting at Valerie Goodman Gallery, a European 20th Century and Contemporary Decorative Arts gallery located at 315 East 91st Street in New York City.
Jarrige calls himself an artist-artisan and with fantasy and skills reminiscent of Alexandre Noll or Jean Royere, he creates unexpected, unconventional, whimsical organic forms with both new and traditional materials such as bronze, aluminum, wood or glass. From his atelier in Paris which you will discover recreated at Valerie Goodman Gallery he bends, molds, carves, shapes and then finishes with bright colors, lacquers, inlays, gold leaf or patinas. Jacques Jarrige's search for balance between positive and negative space is on-going but he always has in mind the functional aspect of furniture. French critic Jerome Goddeau said "His pieces are always distinctive and timeless. With a smile, Jarrige imbues everyday objects with a unique sense of serenity and comfort"
Jacques Jarrige’s talent like so many prominent artists of the 1980’s including Garouste and Bonnetti or Eric Schmitt emerged from the scene of “En attendant les Barbares” gallery.
A list of notable solo exhibitions follows:
•1989 Entrepôts de Bercy, Paris
•1991 Galerie En attendant les Barbares, Paris
•1993 Galerie En attendant les Barbares, Paris
•1998 Hôtel de ville de Paris salle saint Jean
•2002 Galerie Frédéric de Luca
•2006 Galerie Cat Berro
•2009 Galerie Thierry Marchand
Group exhibitions :
•1991 "les guichets de l' enfance" Musée de la Poste
•1994 "le cintre" Hamburg, Germany Museum of Decorative Arts
•2000 " L'école Française" VIA
•2005 "Meubles d' Artistes" Musée de Châteauroux
National collection :
•2002 Mobilier national
•2004 Musée d’Orléans
A number of private collections
In 2009, Valerie opened her
gallery and is now presenting the work of contemporary French artists
working in the decorative arts. Her focus is on discovering and presenting
exciting work that is cutting edge, spiritual and timeless.
Valerie Goodman Gallery is proud to present an exclusive exhibit of vases, the Bohemian series by French artist Eric Schmitt with flower arrangements by Fleurs BELLA. May 18th - June 30th, 2010 . More.