Recent Works by Marc Fichou and Lauren Marsolier, Sept 24 – Nov 5

Recent Works by Marc Fichou and Lauren Marsolier, Sept 24 – Nov 5

August 24, 2011  |  inspiration  |  No Comments

Recent Works by Marc Fichou and Lauren Marsolier

ART EXHIBITION: Sept 24, 2011 – Nov 5, 2011

RECEPTION: Saturday September 24, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

LOCATION: E6 Gallery, 1632 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday 12-6, Sunday 12-5

“This two person show reveals Lauren Marsolier’s psychological photographs alongside Marc Fichou’s multimedia hybrid works. Marsolier creates images by assembling different shots in a way that deliberately lets us suspect their fabricated nature, leaving the viewer in a mixed state of disorientation and familiarity, while in Fichou’s work, matter and its image are inextricably woven. Instead of providing a window to an elsewhere, as images commonly do, they are used as a means to bring our attention back to the materiality of our present, to the here and now.”

 

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La Roche-Posey Takes Over

La Roche-Posey Takes Over

August 3, 2011  |  inspiration  |  No Comments

I love La Roche-Posey creams, their texture, and their kept promises. Ten years ago, the only way to get La Roche-Posey creams for your face was to wait until you or someone else traveled to France or Canada. However, the products are now available at selected CVS stores, through the company’s website and at some dermatology offices.

I know that their Active C cream is unique in that it preserves the potency of vitamin C. There is a great line for problematic acne skin, a line to alleviate face redness and the company has the best sunscreen product on the market – Anthelios. I heard that there are some differences in the composition of the sunscreens available here and in Europe due to FDA regulations, and I also noticed that most products are first introduced to the European market before coming over to the USA. I regret that I still can’t buy my favorite La Roche-Posey foundation here, but I was told that the market for foundation is too tough. I did see, however, that Vichy’s foundation line is available at CVS stores. These foundations are very smooth and have very good coverage that doesn’t appear unnatural over the skin.

I decided to write a note about La Roche-Posey because a dear friend asked me what creams I use. She didn’t know about the company, so here is my recommendation. I love La Roche-Posey creams. Try and discover them for yourself!

 

 

 

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Seeing Picasso with New Eyes

August 3, 2011  |  inspiration  |  No Comments

Recently I read a quote attributed to Proust in which he said that you don’t need to go away to experience change, you just need to see things with new eyes. Or in other words, when change happens within, things appear differently. So I went to see the Picasso exhibit at the de Young Museum, currently showcasing the permanent collection of The Musée National Picasso in Paris, which I had already seen a few years ago. But I wanted to see Picasso with new eyes and enter his imagination.

“Seated woman in front of a window” (1937). The body is distorted, pieced together into separate forms, reconstructed to the painter’s liking and colored in pastels – greens, blues, pinks and yellows – triggering a playful response. The face is a somewhat serious, half profile, half frontal view. What we tend to see as a whole, Picasso saw as parts, as colors, as irregularities. This is how his imagination saw the body of this woman gazing at a window. I don’t see judgment here. He is playing with his vision, and he alters and embellishes. There are no rules to seeing! He was free to create.

“Portrait of Dora Maar” (1937). Her upper-body is made to look oversized, framed by what looks like a narrow room, almost a cubicle. She is polished and stylish. Her nails are red, her hair is nicely cut, and her big eyes are enjoying the attention she is receiving from the one seeing her. He paints her attractive with a yellow face, adding more innocence on the right side, more vulnerability on the left. Her cheeks are rosy and her slightly unbalanced face is actually expressive. The body is acknowledged to a higher degree. Attention is added to the complexity of the heart. She looks happy and present in the moment.

“Reading” (1932). Another woman, again sitting in a chair, holding a book! Her face is round, moon-like in pale purple. She looks startled, unsettled. She feels the pain of her body being manipulated to new heights. There are no edges, all parts are oval shaped, and there is more contrast between the colors. Her breasts are perfect round circles. This is not a painting I particularly like. It makes me nervous. It unsettles me. I read the fear in the face of the woman sitting and I want to move on.

“Reclining woman reading” (1939). He liked to paint women reading. I like to gaze at paintings of women reading. She is silent, calm and drawn to her book. He can see through her, pierce her body with his eyes and imagine it somehow off logical limits. She has blues eyes directed at the page and wears a blue dress. Her breast and her hips are emphasized in a sexualized manner. The lips are red and plum. She is dreaming and she is attractive. It is what he thinks when he paints her. He paints her because he loves her stillness and her dreaminess.

Women, women, women! They were his muses. He loved them for their differences, for their colorful personas, for appearing so un-whole, so unique and fragile, so easily reconstructed in colorful forms through his imagination and his talent. He let himself see them with new eyes, and the world marveled.

 

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