"Hardly Soft" is on view from Nov 18th to Nov 26th
February 17 - March 24, 2022
Artist Reception: Sunday, February 20, 2-7 pm
Address: 1350 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice
« Nous pouvons braver les lois humaines, mais nous ne pouvons pas résister aux lois naturelles »
“We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones” ― Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Yiwei Gallery is pleased to feature the French artist, Corinne Chaix, who creates fantastical narratives through a science fiction inspired lens in her work. Analogous to the chaos we are faced with in the world today, we can feel a sense of impending doom, of drowning in disaster when we look at her work, and a sense that all hope is not lost.
Like a book’s narrative, the longer you read Chaix’s paintings, the more clues you are given about the plot of the story––the interpretation of which, largely depends on the viewer. Her paintings encourage viewers to suspend their disbelief, blurring the line between imagination and reality. Employing a sometimes larger than life format on canvas or paper, Chaix uses a predominantly green palette of pastels, oil, and ink on her work to immerse people in her world. The isolated, caged people in suffocating floods in her work may create surreal dreamscapes, but in present times amidst a global pandemic, they transcend science fiction and resemble reality. Despite the disaster, Chaix holds onto hope and the idea that maybe everyone will survive, which we can see through the endurance of the people in her work.
Born in Paris, France, Chaix is influenced by novels such as Jules Verne’s french sci-fi adventure classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, in both the subject matter of her work and in how she uses fiction to make social commentary on human passivity and our bizarre behaviors while in the face of danger and environmental issues. After studying fine arts, computer science, and animation and having shows across Paris, New York, and California, she moved to and is currently living in Venice, CA.
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