FABIENNE LASSERRE - ANDREW POPE - HELENE SCHMITZ
JANUARY 19 - FEBRUARY 24, 2018
TURN Gallery presents CROSSINGS a three-person exhibition featuring artists Fabienne Lasserre, Andrew Pope, and Helene Schmitz that examines the real and imagined boundaries of painting, photography, and sculpture. Bringing together the works of these three artists, CROSSINGS contemplates what lies beyond the borders of their work, what explanations or suppositions can be made in the space where the viewer’s eye becomes one with the artist or diverges into another vision altogether. Whether it’s through Schmitz’s lens, Pope’s brushstrokes, or Lasserre’s bending of materials, each of their works naturally draws the viewer’s attention not only to its center -- which is controlled solely by the artist -- but also challenges the viewer to craft their own narrative outside the frame, attaching a story beyond the physical confines of the artists’ work.
Fabienne Lasserre’s abstract sculptures join tactile with the visual. Her pieces speak of an “excluded middle”, the part that is left out when things are divided into categories. Object-like and with bodily attributes, they exemplify a shared ground between the animate and the inanimate. Fabienne Lasserre grew up in Montreal, Canada, and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Lasserre’s recent solo and two-person shows include exhibitions at Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada (2017) and Safe Gallery, New York, NY (2016). Group exhibitions include shows at Trestle Gallery, New York, NY (2018); Ceysson Bénétière Gallery, Luxembourg (2017); Regina Rex, New York, NY (2017); Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY (2017); Palazzo Costa Trettenero, Piacenza, Italy (2015); Kadist Foundation, Paris, France (2014); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (2013); Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia (2013); Musée d’art Contemporaine, Montréal (2010); Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY (2010). Lasserre is a recipient of the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Award (2016 and 2017), and the 2017 St-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship. She has completed a residency at Dieu Donné Papermill (Workspace Program, 2012); and received two Project Grants for Visual Artists from the Canada Council for the Arts (2013 and 2014). This February a two-person show with Ezra Tessler will be on view at 315 Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
Andrew Pope’s drawings and paintings are deceptively restrained. With straightforward lines and a simple color palette, he presents innocuous, if off-kilter, landscapes with a deadpan, impartial delivery. The simple geometry of empty roads or channels disappearing into the horizon may convey uncomplicated ease, but when an unsettling object – a figure, a house, a tree -- is introduced, the solace and simplicity is disrupted. It is in this tense landscape that Pope feels most at home. Andrew Pope has exhibited at Sebastian Bertrand Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland (2017); Fortnight Institute, New York, NY (2016); Half Gallery, New York, NY (2016); and Spring Break, New York, NY (2015). In 2014, Pope and Raymond Pettibon collaborated on a limited edition zine of their drawings.
Helene Schmitz is interested in the complicated and sometimes violent relationship between humans and Nature. Through photography she explores how nature and its forces are portrayed in science, art and literature. Schmitz draws inspiration from these areas of knowledge and how they influence our understanding of the natural world. Her work often makes us question our preconceptions. A subject she frequently returns to is the fragility of human constructions in relation to time and the forces of Nature. She lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Schmitz holds a BA from Stockholm University in Film and Art Theory. Her recent solo exhibitions include: Skellefteå Konsthall, Sweden (2017); Galerie Maria Lund, Paris, France (2016); Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden (2016); WILLAS Contemporary, Oslo, Norway (2016); TURN Gallery, New York, NY (2015); Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden (2015), as well as several museum exhibitions including National Science Museum, Tokyo, Japan; National Museum Prague, Czechoslovakia. Recent group exhibitions include shows at Fotografiska Center, Copenhagen, Denmark (2017); Avesta Art, Struktur, Sweden (2016); Noorderlicht Photofesitval, Netherlands (2016); QPN #19 CHAOS, France (2015); Art’15, London (2015). Schmitz’s award winning books include: Borderlands (2015), Ur regnskogens skugga (2011), System och passion (2007), and Blow Up (2003). In 2012 Ur regnskogens skugga was awarded the Swedish Publishing Prize. Both Blow Up and Ur regnskogens skugga have been nominated for the Swedish literary prize, The August Prize.