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Sounds Woo

November 10 - 28, 2020

 

front gallery - installation view

 
front gallery - installation view

 
front gallery - installation view

 
back gallery - installation view

 
back gallery - installation view

Marie Le Lievre’s latest project at Jonathan Smart Gallery is quite wonderful. From small paintings on paper to much larger works at the wall, along with a beautifully presented moving image collaboration with Emma Wallbanks, and the title work Sounds (Woo) – a  handsome oil on inkjet photographic print – there is everywhere a rich consideration of composition, colour and plenty of woo woo!
An elegant catalogue accompanies the exhibition, and it is with excerpts from the two texts in that publication that I wish to probe further the currency of this show.

Entering the Causeway by Jane Wallace is an evocative and poetic text that exists alongside Marie Le Lievre’s work. In the last paragraph she writes:
“The surfaces of Le Lievre’s works can be languid, where the oil paint is glossy and slow, and the light tricks the eye and the unreal emerges. I am thinking of the heavy air above hot asphalt, when the relentless stillness warps the horizon stack into matter that is porous and nebulous. It has only ever been an illusion that what the eye can see when it looks as far as possible is a vision that will never change; perpetual shimmer and transformation is all that we can rely on…”


Bling (Woo Woo) - detail
detail of Bling (Woo Woo) 2020    oil on canvas    1800 x 1650mm

In the other text, Rebecca Nash, having established that the liminal space of Le Lievre’s work resides in the way it hovers between realism and abstraction (which is close to the writing of magical realists who work between magic and realism), then goes on to explore notions of the imagination:
“Will you expand your imagination to accept the way in which disparate elements co-exist? The poured paint of her 'slip' paintings for example, can mean simply 'this is a process of paint'. It also has a visceral meaning, in that the sensuous, bodily quality of her paint seems to give her works an indeterminate but definite emotional life. That visceral meaning, in turn, connects the work to a viewer’s stories and memories, as well as connecting to MLL’s stories and memories.”
This fluidity of meaning, this nourishing of the imagination she argues “evokes the brain-state of the unconscious mind.” The stories, indeed the whole terroir of painting opens from here. And I know that Marie Le Lievre relishes such possibilities.
JS


Selected works

 

Madder Lake (Falling)
Madder Lake (Falling)    oil on canvas    1800 x 1650mm 



Patched Member (Notes)
Patched Member (Notes)    oil on canvas    1800 x 1650mm



Bling (Woo Woo)
Bling (Woo Woo)    oil on canvas    1800 x 1650mm



Rose (Notes)
Rose (Notes)    oil & pastel on canvas    800 x 800mm



Hum Drum (Rugged)
Hum Drum (Rugged)   oil, charcoal & graphite on canvas   750 x 750mm 



La La La La (Rugged)
La La La La (Rugged)   oil, charcoal & graphite on canvas   750 x 750mm



Neck Threads (Rugged)
Neck Threads (Rugged)   oil, charcoal & graphite on canvas   750 x 750mm

 

Woo Woo (Rugged)
Woo Woo (Rugged)   oil, charcoal & graphite on canvas   750 x 750mm



Choker (Rugged)
Choker (Rugged)   oil, charcoal & graphite on canvas   510 x 510mm     



Track Marks (Rugged)
Track Marks (Rugged)   oil, charcoal & graphite on canvas   510 x 510mm



Sounds (Woo)
Sounds (Woo)    oil on inkjet print, 1/1     680 x 550mm framed

 

Works on paper

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Charm Choker
       Hussel Dome

Sound Knifer
      Dust Rakers 

Gong Bong
 

 

Video Stills

Neath - video still
   Neath - video still   Neath - video still



List of works

Madder Lake (Falling)            oil on canvas            1800 x 1650 mm            $20,000

Patched Member (Notes)        oil & pastel on canvas        1800 x 1650mm        $18,000

Bling (Woo Woo)            oil on canvas            1800 x 1650mm            $20,000

Rose (Notes)          oil & pastel on canvas          800 x 800mm          $6100

Hum Drum (Rugged)      oil, charcoal & graphite on canvas      750 x 750mm       $6500

La La La La (Rugged)      oil, charcoal & graphite on canvas      750 x 750mm       $6500

Neck Threads (Rugged)      oil, charcoal & graphite on canvas      750 x 750mm       $6500

Woo Woo (Rugged)      oil, charcoal & graphite on canvas      750 x 750mm       $6500

Choker (Rugged)      oil, charcoal & graphite on canvas      510 x 510mm       $4600

Track Marks (Rugged)      oil, charcoal & graphite on canvas      510 x 510mm       $4600

Sounds (Woo)           oil on inkjet print, 1/1           680 x 550mm fr           $3200

Charm Choker          oil & graphite on paper           760 x 570mm           $3200

Hussle Dome           oil & graphite on paper           760 x 570mm           $3200

Sound Knifer           oil & graphite on paper           760 x 570mm           $3200

Dust Rakers            oil & graphite on paper           760 x 570mm           $3200

Gong Bong             oil & graphite on paper           760 x 570mm           $3200

Neath         single stream video, 1/1         14min 35sec loop         $4200
Neath is a collaborative work with Emma Wallbanks

All works are from 2020
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