History has proven that when we bring two great creative minds together wonderful things happen and something wonderful is definitely happening at The McLoughlin Gallery‘s Unique Dialogue Group Exhibition. The Unique Dialogue Group Exhibition is a tale of two countries, two cities, and two women.
The dialogue started between two women, Joan McLoughlin from The McLoughlin Gallery in San Francisco, Calif. and Isabelle Lefort from Mondapart Galerie in Paris-Boulogne, France. Both are art-lovers and both shared a passion for supporting mid-career and emerging new artists that produce unique engaging pieces that evoke an emotional response from the audience. So with these two creative minds joining together, their artists along with the audience are taken on a journey of a cross cultural exchange of the arts.
Unique Dialogue is a group exhibition featuring three French artists – Charles Giulioli, Pauline Ohrel, and Sophie Sigorel – at the McLoughlin Gallery and four American artists – Christopher H Martin, Cristobal Valecillos, Daniel Healey, and David Middlebrook – at the Mondapart Galerie. Isabelle Lefort explains that “the work of these French artists represents movement, finesse and deep feeling: A Glimpse into the French Soul.” Joan McLoughlin says that “the artists I selected characterize the American philosophy: Bold, direct, and spirited with socio-environmental viewpoints.”
Charles Giulioli is an abstract painter with an engineering background that inspires him to design algorithms to create images using a palette of colorful vibrant colors. He merges digital prints with interactive multimedia installations to create pieces that have an element of surprise and a feeling of ever-changing randomness or in his words, “The work without end.”
Pauline Ohrel is a sculptor that is inspired by observation and the thinking of others. She channels emotions and feelings through the metaphysical movement of her sculptures. In her pieces, she likes to explore the boundaries of design and volume and play with perspectives and perceptions. She believes that the audience plays a significant role in receiving energy or emotions that is send off by the movement, volume, lightness, and motion of her pieces.
Sophie Sigorel is a painter that focuses on human figures on the move in a constantly changing modern world. She uses a combination of sharp focus and vagueness along with long brush strokes filled with movement that stretches across the canvas to illustrate the rhythm of contemporary life and how human can lose focus in this ever-changing world. Sophie Sigorel states that, “It’s all about blurring the vision, blurring the pathway of our contemporary territory, about critical painting about an illusory and lost world to a poetical escape.”
Christopher H Martin is an American abstract artist that describes his artistic process as “Organic Expressionism.” He is inspired by a European tradition called verre églomisé, which is a process where the back side of the glass is gilded with gold or metal leaf. Christopher’s technique of reverse glass painting where he utilizes heat, wind, water, brush, and pigment translate the effects of nature onto an aesthetically pleasing art piece. In his pieces, it is very clear that he is very inspired by the abstraction of nature beauty.
Cristobal Valecillos is a Venezuelan native, L.A. based multimedia artist who is passionate about metamorphosing what is ugly into something beautiful by using recycled materials and transforming it into functional objects.
Daniel Healey is an artist based in Oakland, Calif. that is inspired to mimic the elements of painting in his work by combining paper collage, experimental tape/ink transfer, deconstructed-found-photography, and layering. Using these techniques to create painterly effects, Daniel plays with the audience’s perception and also plays with the traditional definition of a painting and a collage.
David Middlebrook is an artist who is inspired by his background in ceramics arts and utilizes objects that he creates to make invisible thoughts visible. He later transitioned from ceramics to using stone and bronze in order to create larger scale pieces that can range from 50 lbs to 50 tons.
The Unique Dialogue Group Exhibition is truly an amazing collaboration between two countries, two cities, and two amazing women representing two fabulous galleries. Come experience this cross cultural exchange of the arts and take yourself on an artistic journey as you take in the fabulous works of French artists Charles Giulioli, Pauline Ohrel, and Sophie Sigorel at the McLoughlin Gallery. If you are feeling the urge to travel, then bon voyage to you and head on down to the Mondapart Galerie in Paris-Boulogne, France to support American artists Christopher H Martin, Cristobal Valecillos, Daniel Healey, and David Middlebrook.
To further celebrate these amazing French and American artists, there is the Paris Est Une Fête Annual Gala hosted by the French American Cultural Society and Alliance Francaise of San Francisco. The French American Cultural Society is a non-profit organization with the mission is to promote, develop and support French American cultural and educational projects. Alliance Francaise of San Francisco is also a non-profit organization with the mission to educate people about the French and Francophone culture and encourage cross cultural interaction among French, Francophone and American people through programs in education and the arts. The proceeds from this gala will go toward these organizations for funding for cultural exchanges, educational programs, and future events.
A Unique Dialogue Through Art Exhibition – San Francisco, California
WHEN: Friday, September 27 to Saturday, October 26 2013
49 Geary Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108
A Unique Dialogue Through Art Exhibition – Paris, France
WHEN: Thursday, November 7 to Saturday, December 7 2013
Ph: +33 9 52 77 76 41
Paris Est Une Fete Annual Gala 2013
WHEN: Friday, October 4, 2013