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Eric Boyer & Charlotte Foust: Beyond Form    Aug 10 - Aug 26, 2012

Eric Boyer
Diver, 2012
Female Bather II
Eric Boyer
Female Bather II, 2012
Eric Boyer
Three Graces XXXII
Eric Boyer
Three Graces XXXII, 2012
Nordic Blue
Charlotte Foust
Nordic Blue, 2012
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Opening Reception: Friday, August 10, 2012, 5-7 PM

Renaissance-style idealism and abstract expressionism find an unexpected compatibility in this pairing of works by sculptor Eric Boyer and painter Charlotte Foust. Each in his own way, the artists wring maximum effect from their respective mediums as they give free reign to their intuition.

Boyer celebrates the surprisingly poetic and sensual qualities of steel wire mesh in his lifelike human torsos, introducing us to new ways of perceiving both the material and the subject matter. Bearing traces of Greco-Roman classicism, these hauntingly lovely expressions of inchoate longing and reverence for the human form are simultaneously idealized and realistic, their perfect proportions speaking to an unobtainable standard of beauty even as their anatomically precise contours suggest a universal perfection inherent to all human bodies. Light and shadow undulate and interact within the clothlike draping of the mesh, breathing life and meaning into the forms.

In Charlotte Foust’s bold abstractions, moments of stillness contrast with powerful evocations of shape and color that animate the paintings and imbue them with a seductive spontaneity. This creative energy bursts from within the layers and textures of acrylic paint and graphite to create a strong sense of motion, the broad swathes of color giving the works a spacious, airy feel and a lyrical quality. Lines and markings interwoven throughout provide a subtle structure as they lead the viewer’s eye through the complexities of the paintings, hinting at an underlying order that balances the freewheeling abstractions of color and form.

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