Space I: Valerie Jaudon and Space II: Jeronimo Elespe

Space I: Valerie Jaudon and Space II: Jeronimo Elespe

now and forever by valerie jaudon

Valerie Jaudon

Now and Forever, 2003

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the joker is wild by valerie jaudon

Valerie Jaudon

The Joker is Wild, 2001

Price on Request

Thursday, March 27, 2003Saturday, April 26, 2003


Von Lintel Gallery is proud to present new paintings by Valerie Jaudon.

In her recent works, Jaudon, who has been allied with the Pattern and Decoration movement of the late 70s, continues her multifaceted exploration of crisp ornamental structures, yet derives her inventive results with the help of new painting processes and lush color combinations.

Using a fluid process for the highly vibrant and interwoven background, Jaudon starts by pouring numerous transparent layers of color upon which she then applies densely pigmented symmetrical patterns. A final unifying translucent coat lends a rich glow to the painted surface, enhancing the overall sense of decorative stylization and making it as seductive as candy.

The process for constructing the paintings’ ground leaves the artist room for improvisation and unpredictability, while the application of the geometric figures is carefully planned. It is this opposition of bounded chance and predetermined construction that lies at the heart of Jaudon’s complex compositions. While the decorative and ornamental forms become part of an intellectual vocabulary unique to the artist, the floating, atmospheric background appears as mysterious, emotional and even spiritual. The unifying factor of these two elements is color itself. With her careful contemplation of highly saturated pigments, Jaudon creates paintings of incredible density, energetic movement and breath-taking luminosity.

Valerie Jaudon has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. Her work was recently featured at the Stadel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany and at the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. She has completed various public art commissions and is represented in numerous museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, and the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA. Valerie Jaudon lives and works in New York City.

Space II: JERONIMO ELESPE

Von Lintel Gallery is proud to present new paintings by young Spanish-born artist Jeronimo Elespe.

Working on aluminum panels that measure merely 4 x 4 inches, Elespe’s intimate creations are miniscule worlds of visual poetry. With his simplified realistic style, the artist depicts unusual urban scenes with an astonishing love for detail and a delicate painterly touch. Being derived exclusively from Elespe’s imagination, the compositions attain an almost surreal quality, ranging from melancholic to comical.

Rather than taking on the role of the storyteller, the artist concentrates on capturing silent moments and atmospheric glimpses that allow room for a variety of interpretations, associations and emotional responses. Elespe leaves it up to the viewer to put the limited visual information into a larger context. With confident craftsmanship, Elespe evokes scenes to life that nourish a taste for fantasy while charming the viewer with an indelible sense of beauty.

Jeronimo Elespe, who has earned a M.F.A. from Yale University in 2001, has exhibited in the United States and Germany. He lives and works in New York City.

For more information please contact the gallery at 212 242 0599 or gallery@vonlintel.com