2014.1.17 FRI - 2.9 SUN
12:00 - 20:00 Open daily / Free admission
TIMEQUAKES, a series by artist Sabine Pigalle, who works out of Paris, is to be unveiled to the general public in Japan for the first time.
The TIMEQUAKES series expresses the chaos witnessed by the artist during the Japanese earthquake of March 2011. Transposing material destruction into a temporal pileup, Sabine Pigalle mingles painted court portraits from the late 15th, 16th and early 17th century with contemporary photographic portraits, fused with abstract night photos of Tokyo, taken during her time in Japan. She uses the works of masters such as Jan Van Eyck, Raphael, da Vinci, and Clouet, not as inspiration, but as the materials from which she creates new artistic works. By using these pieces, she compresses time, overlapping layer after layer of memory, taking on our artistic heritage anew, and creating new combinations of structure and arrangement. Like collages, these pieces are formed of layers from different eras, creating a curious sense of familiarity. This sense of familiarity gives the pieces a timeless quality.
These composite portraits bridge the two different powerful expressive portrait approaches of painting and photography, while linking portraiture with abstract art, and classical art with modern art.
Sabine Pigalle was born in 1963, and is currently based in Paris. After studying literature at Sorbonne University, she stepped into fashion photography. She worked alongside Helmut Newton for four years, then chose to turn to a more personal pursuit and follow a path toward plastic photography. As befitting her literary background, she maintains her taste for words and their association with images. Her career in the world of fashion reappears in many of her series in which she questions such themes as beauty and appearance. She enjoys reviewing the history of paintings and religious references, collective myths or individual phobias, and creating sophisticated and attractive works. She exhibited for the first time in Tokyo in 2006, then again in 2009, participating in the “No Man’s Land” exhibition in the old buildings of the French Embassy. She is regularly presented in international fairs on contemporary art. She is represented by the Louise Alexander Gallery.