A dynamic solo exhibition is opening soon at Agora Gallery, set to put energy back into your step and remind you of the enticing diversity of the world.Â Breaking Boundaries / Femmes Ã l’honneur: Henri Gueguen – a Solo Exhibition features the work of a creative and thoughtful French artist whose art is both visually appealing and intellectually stimulating. The exhibition opens on October 29, 2013 and runs until November 19, 2013 with the opening reception taking place on the evening of Thursday, November 7.Â Entrance is free and art lovers are warmly welcomed to attend and enjoy these delightful pieces of art.
A frequent theme in Gueguen’s work, and one which animates many of his creations, is that of a ‘tall, slim lady.’ This archetype of grace and elegance is inspired by the artist’s recollections of his grandmother, who was a bigoudÃ¨ne – a woman from the area in Brittany which is now called Bigouden, where the local women were famous for their elaborate traditional headdresses. Gueguen speaks movingly of his own memory of his grandmother as she prepared the distinctive headdress: “I would watch her as she smoothed down her hair, and then set a small chignon and then fixed this lace sculpture with fine, pearl-colored hairpins.” It is an image that has stayed with him, inspiring his artwork.
Building on from this fascination, Gueguen explains that he has often been moved to celebrate and in some cases commemorate some of the famous women of the 20th century, many of whose lives in some sense represent or evoke experiences that link us as people. He sometimes includes representations of objects in the paintings, which function through a symbolic value to connect us to some particular emotional or thematic point.
There is also a sense in which he is honoring the impact that these women made in the world, and reminding the viewers of what they themselves might be able to do. In this sense the work is not only aesthetic but also inspirational. It reaches outside the confines of its physical form to take root in our own minds, becoming part of our perspective and conception of the world.
Gueguen is flexible in terms of medium, working with a variety of materials in order to achieve various results. In fact, the artist enjoys discovering the new consistencies and possibilities that different combinations make available to him. He is constantly exploring the options, creating each work out of whatever he decides it needs rather than restricting himself by what he is most familiar with, or those which he finds easiest.
Exhibition dates: October 29, 2013 â€“ November 19, 2013
Reception: Thursday, November 7, 2013 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues â€“ Sat, 11 a.m. â€“ 6 p.m.