Xavier Deshoulières "Behind the Green Door"

Virgil de Voldère Gallery

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Virgil de Voldère presents our third solo exhibition with Xavier Deshoulières, a French artist based in Paris. Entitled Behind the Green Door, the exhibition is comprised of five paintings that feature his singular painting technique and an emphasis on elusive, mysterious narrative. Although the artist’s recent subject matter is diverse‹a military jet, a jungle, dilapidated houses, Atlantic City hotels‹a common iconographic element found in most works is the barren tree, its branches and limbs as depopulated with leaves as the built structures Deshoulières renders are with people. Nature and architecture, thus, are mysterious frameworks or skeletons on which the viewer can build his or her narratives.

Deshoulières begins his work by first attending to the back of the canvas‹he sketches details of figures and forms and then scatters powdered pigment and rubs oil into the fabric, creating fields of color similar to the stained canvases of Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis over the details. After flipping the canvas, he adds more figurate elements to the front, on top of what bleeds through from the back. This doubling of imagery‹on obverse and reverse sides‹is not unlike watching a film or slide show projected on both sides of a screen.



from May 08, 2008 to June 21, 2008
Opening Reception: May 8, 6pm – 8pm

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