NEW YORK, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Valerie Goodman Gallery is proud to present the stirring, poetic, sculptural furniture of Jacques Jarrige with a transporting opening reception at Valerie Goodman Gallery on May 15, 2012, from 6 to 8 pm, at 315 E 91st Street, in New York. After successful shows in Paris and New York in 2010, Jacques Jarrige promises to once again enchant New York audiences -- with never-before-seen functional art creations that evoke both the uneven meanderings of nature and the sophisticated comfort of urban modernity.
Jarrige's roots are in Classicism, Modernism and Art Brut, but the defining element in his creations is an engaging effortlessness; they connect man and nature with an utter simplicity and balance that restores the spirit. His work is charged with a flowing energy that recalls the poetic fluidity of Matisse's dancers or the mobility of Calder's sculptures.
The exhibition, which runs from May 15, 2012 until July 15, 2012, will unveil Jacques Jarrige's latest work: sculpted cabinets, room dividers, desks and lighting. A particularly outstanding piece is a large, dramatic screen evoking dances from antiquity which traces dramatic light and shadow onto a room. (See video clip)
Jarrige explains, "I develop my vocabulary and technique in the moment ... as I was cutting the wood to follow my drawing I discovered the trembling, hesitating, erosion-like quality of the line that defined this body of work." (Read more)
In addition to his individual pursuit, Jacques Jarrige also dedicates time to a Parisian psychiatric hospital. An impressive mobile sculpture created by Jarrige and the patients will be on view to demonstrate the synergy of the collaboration.
Jacques Jarrige's work has been collected and exhibited internationally. Pieces in private collections can be seen in recent publications of World of Interiors, Architectural Digest and Maison Francaise, among others. His work is in the permanent collection of the Mobilier National (France) and has been exhibited at such prestigious venues as Galerie En Attendant les Barbares, Paris, Hotel de Ville de Paris, and L'Ecole Francaise VIA.
Following Jarrige's premier U.S. exhibition at Valerie Goodman Gallery in 2010, top architects including Kligerman & Barkley, Michael Smith and Matthew Smyth sought his work for private residences and show houses.
About VALERIE GOODMAN
Valerie Goodman opened her eponymous gallery in 2010 to present the work of select contemporary French artists working in the decorative arts. Her focus is on presenting artists who create timeless, exceptional, and functional pieces.
If you'd like more information about this exhibition, or to schedule an interview with Jacques Jarrige, please call Valerie Goodman at 917 208 0302 or e-mail at [email protected]
SOURCE Valerie Goodman Gallery