Galerie Protégé is please to present "Facie: Self Portraiture Interpreted by 25 Artists" curated by D. Dominick Lombardi
November 17th-December 27th, 2016
Opening reception, Thursday November 17th from 6-8pm
The 'selfie' is one of the more ubiquitous aspects of social media, which is, after all, the 'society' that is easiest to access. A 'selfie' is often used to sex-up one's image, prove you 'were there', record time with friends, or simply serve as your 'current', posed self-portrait.
For this exhibition, we try to change the narrative - maybe even move it back a bit to a time and place where the self-portrait said much more than 'Here's me -- do you see me, see what's going on behind me!?' No, a true self-portrait reveals something of the soul of the subject -- something that moves beyond a visible resemblance to an emotional, cultural or intellectual expression of the individual.
The term 'facie' comes from a recent conversation I had with my wife Diane, who often finds the wrong/right word for things. She meant 'selfie' but by saying 'facie' she suggests thought and expression is as vital as identiy or representation. Our face is how we convey our emotions, how we reveal our mood or show our age and hopefully our wisdom. It's where communication usually begins and so often ends with a memory that is as elastic as the flesh that facilitates human interaction.
As is sometimes the case, this exhibition began with one thought inspired by one work of art: a self portrait by Jean-Claude Rovira. Rovira's "L'Atelier Chez Moi (My Workshop)(2009)" and the other 24 works in the exhibition reveal the breadth and depth of the artists who struggle in the solitude of the studio to project the unedited self.
-D. Dominick Lombardi, curator