Odon "Weaver of Dreams"

French Institute Alliance Française

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FIAF presents an exhibition reflecting the art world’s new interest in paper as a creative medium. Acclaimed French artist Odon’s thrilling, luminous spiral paper works employ this traditional material in a revolutionary and beautiful way.

Early in his career, Odon’s intensely personal and mysterious images were inspired by the Cobra movement (Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam), a group of expressionist painters interested in freedom of color and form. In the 1970s Odon began experimenting with the inclusion of cut and woven modifications on the surfaces of his paintings. By the late 1970s this had evolved into an increasingly complex process of cutting, shredding, and braiding paper, painted by him on both sides, into never-ending, sunburst-like forms that he calls mandalas. The ancient form of the mandala, meaning circle in Sanskrit, is a common symbol of sacred power in many cultures, representing a cosmic diagram viewed from the human perspective.

Odon’s works are dream-like meditations on the order of the world. The artist works slowly, weaving the flat, meticulously painted paper into magical endless webs. Through these circular sculptures, Odon presents the infinite in finite form and alludes to the natural energy and tension of circular motion. The resulting works are both spectacular and thought provoking.



from March 17, 2010 to April 24, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-03-16 from 18:00 to 20:30



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