Opening Thursday, May 29th, 2014, 6–9 pm at the Broome Hotel
431 Broome Street (SoHo, between Broadway and Crosby) New York, NY 10013 Exhibit open May 29th to June 26th
French Wink Gallery is pleased to present VeroDalla’s new exhibit “Me and Them... deeper” which brings together, for the first time, pieces created entirely in New York, where the French artist, Véronique Chabrolle, aka VeroDalla, has established herself since 2012.
This exhibit depicts the artist’s evolution in both production techniques and artistic expression, freeing herself from some of her inner barriers in a three-dimensional cri de coeur:
• A one-on-one encounter with herself on the evolution of the “Inner Journey” series;
• A one-on-one encounter with society on her LivenLuLu installations;
• A one-on-one encounter with the art world in her live performance at the opening.
Since the beginning of her career as an artist in 2006, VeroDalla has sought the right material to create her first sculptures. Through multiple sanding and coats of paint on an Italian paste originally used to make the santons or figurines in manger scenes, she developed the exquisite velvety texture we find in all of her work.
Thanks to this material, she is able to materialize the immaterial of her thoughts, mastering her internal ferment, spending more than 60 hours sanding each piece, in effect, bandaging her secret wounds. Until now, VeroDalla sculpted this material on paintings, offering us a work between sculpture and painting, between the material and the object, as individual bas-reliefs.
“Inner Journey” Series – an internal journey
“Me and Them... deeper” offers a completely new “Inner Journey” series, heretofore constrained in the framework of a painting, her internal turmoil, for the first time, completely erupts, breaking free of the frame. This new series is a symbol of a new era of creation for VeroDalla – she is freeing herself.
The culmination of years of research to create the perfect being: pure, without distinction of race, color, or religion, without the harmful influences of society on our individuality, Véronique created her first LivenLuLu in 2009.
These little souls, expressive sculptured characters, until now presented individually, come together onstage for the first time, opening the door on their world, interacting among each other and speak to us, denouncing us. A face-to-face with each other and with us, this scene brings to light our faults, always with poetry and humor, the two preferred weapons of these little soldiers of peace. No fight or combat, the artist doesn’t like warrior terms to define the mission she has given her characters: to open our eyes to society’s excesses, to bring us back to the essential, our profound humanity.
“Free Spirit” Performance
VeroDalla is a character that is fascinated by all aspects of the New York scene, from its most exclusive clubs to its underground world. She knows how to bring people together around herself, whatever their social origin, religion, skin color or past. She sees the LivenLuLu who lives in all of us, not putting us in boxes and muffles those who struggle to put her in one. Without revealing her performance, we can say that the artist will put her life on stage to show who she really and profoundly is.
The French Wink Gallery is an evolving gallery created by Claire Obry whose intrinsic mission is to promote French artists in the United States.