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Louise Bourgeois
“Metamorfosis and Recent Recent Prints”

Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle WA Jun 6-29


Louise Bourgeois, Metamorfosis (1999), etching
Louise Bourgeois will be featured in an exhibition of recent prints at the Greg Kucera Gallery. Bourgeois is primarily known for her bulbous, modern day Venus of Willendorf-like sculptures. Her prints however, contain a similarity to her sculptures in that they both depict animated personal forms filled with emotional content, personal experience and often sexual energy.

Among these, Metamorfosis (1999) is a series of intimate prints that compose a book, a livre d’artiste. Bourgeois’ book is a retracing of the life of Maria Flux, a writer and publisher from Mallorca, Spain. The prints are contained in a cloth bound box and will also be exhibited individually. Included in the box as part of the livre d’artiste are historical photographs of the two artists and an additional suite of seven loose prints.

Bourgeois’ pieces are simple, linear and contain a certain innocence, purely expressed, such as from a beginner’s (child’s) mind. Subjects of feet or people lying in bed tell most of the story here. Some are almost cute, others are almost disturbing, but they all are magnetized by the empathy or compassion one would have for a child.

Bourgeois is personal and private, and at age 92, an inward inspiration is in all her art. Influenced by her own memories of family relationships, issues of infidelity and betrayal are common subjects or themes for Bourgeois. “In order to express my unbearable family tensions I had to express my anxiety with form that I could change, destroy and rebuild.” In the Metamorfosis series she has reflected upon these experiences while exploring the life of another, Maria Flux. With titles such as Fear and Fences are Obsolete or Do Not Abandon Me, Bourgeois’ prints become landscapes of the artist’s inner psyche.

© Allyn Cantor

  

 Thu, Jun 6, 2002