Jessica Williams + Alexia Laferté-Coutu

Opening: Saturday January 19, 2018 from 3 to 6pm
Exhibition: Saturday January 19 to February 23, 2018

Biographies:
Alexia Laferté-Coutu (b. 1990 in Montreal) pursued musical training before studying sculpture at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. She holds a BFA from Concordia University (2013) and is on her way of completing her MFA at Université du Québec à Montréal. Laferté-Coutu’s installations, sculptures and performances have been presented in numerous group shows in Canada and Germany, including la Galerie de l’UQAM and Cercle Carré in Montreal. The enigmatic forms of Alexia Laferté-Coutu’s sculptures are rooted in a process of material addition and subtraction from the surfaces of historic architectural structures. Moulded shapes harden, carrying within them the mark of liquid glass and the mould’s lacework, or that of the architecture’s forms and the gesture of moulding itself. These characteristics remind us of the base material’s former liquid state, a state that it may indeed someday reclaim. Evoking as they do the reversibility of matter and its forms, casting techniques are associated with a way viewing the world that is always shifting, a way of imagining its transformative potential as being sculptural in and of itself.
Jessica Williams (b. 1983 in Los Angeles) holds a MFA from Columbia University (2008) and an BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (2005). Williams lives and works in Los Angeles Her work has been included in recent shows at SADE, Los Angeles; Galeria La Esperanza, Mexico City; Del Vaz Projects, Los Angeles; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Sargent’s Daughters, New York; and Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York. Williams’ approach is loose and intuitive as the works slip away from representation and into a world of the unseen. The paintings echo with ghosts of their referents, evoking a sense of fragmented recollection and impermanence. Gestural lines trace out the silhouettes of adolescent figures, interiors, windowscapes and flora that overlay and dissolve into washes of color. Pastel hues clash against heavy shadows, a dissonance that only heightens the anxiety of the unresolved pictures.