Chill Bivouac Rhymes
June 6 – July 18, 2015
Artist Reception: Saturday, June 6, 2015, 3 – 6 p.m.
- John David O’Brien, Artillery Magazine, Edith Beaucage, September 8, 2015
- John Seed, Huffington Post, Edith Beaucage: ‘Chill Bivouac Rhymes’ at CB1 Gallery, July 16, 2015
- Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times, Feeling the pull of Edith Beaucage’s vibrant hallucination, June 30, 2015
Edith Beaucage’s third solo exhibition at CB1 Gallery, Chill Bivouac Rhymes features paintings and mixed media objects. The 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 Roland Barthes search for openness of interpretation in literature; Beaucage organized her current exhibition to allow for a looseleaf narrative. Barthes 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. Twelve feet tall 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 create for the viewer a effect similar to a depth of field composition in cinematography; allowing the viewer to focus on both close and distant planes.
In addition to paintings, Beaucage has 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.
Edith Beaucage (b. Quebec, Canada) currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She received her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2010. She studied at Palazzo Spinelli, Centro per L’arte e Il Restauro, Florence, Italy. She has BA from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada. Beaucage has had solo exhibitions at CB1 Gallery, Creative Artists Agency CAA, Andrew Shire Gallery, and Bolsky Gallery at Otis College of Art And Design all in Los Angeles. Previous group exhibitions include LAX Airport, on the Cusp at LAWA, Los Angeles; Piasa, Paris, France; Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles; Armory Center for the Arts, Los Angeles; 2A Gallery, Los Angeles, Appeals Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Woodbury University, Los Angeles and the Colburn School of Music, Los Angeles.