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July 24 - August 23, 2020

Marc Alphonse Dessauvage
The Weight of Angels

Recent Drawings And Sculptures
Frable Gallery

Virtual Opening, Friday, July 24, 7 pm
featuring a livestream video of the exhibition on Facebook

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'Untitled,'  2020, Acrylic and graphite on cardboard, 6.25 x 4.75 inches, by Marc Dessauvage

Untitled 2020
Gouache and graphite on cardboard
16 x 12 cm
$145

'Untitled,'  2020, 9 x 6.25 inches, Acrylic and graphite on cardboard, by Marc Dessauvage

Untitled 2020
Gouache and graphite on cardboard
22.5 x 16 cm
NFS


'Reliquary Box IV,' 2019, Watercolor, acrylic and graphite on masonite, 11 x 7 x 3.5 inches, by Marc Dessauvage

Reliquary Box IV 2020
Gouache and graphite on cardboard
27.5 x 17 x 7.5 cm
$1,700

'Untitled,' 2020, Acrylic and graphite on cardboard, 5 x 8 inches, by Marc Dessauvage

Untitled 2020
Gouache and graphite on cardboard
13 x 20 cm
NFS

'Reliquary Box V,'  2019, Watercolor, acrylic and graphite on masonite, 10.25 x 4 x 6 inches, by Marc Dessauvage

Reliquary Box V 2020
Gouache and graphite on cardboard
25 x 10 x 15 cm
$2,100


Artist Statement

My practice plays with a crisis of meaning in iconography. Looking to icons as found objects, dislocated from their time and place, I re-define them through cartooning to create new, intimate narratives. Rather than depicting biblical cycles, these narratives depict a psychological space through the recurring figure of the angel. These androgynous figures exist in a state of ambiguity and investigate abstracted artifacts of the past that are both mysterious and banal. In the tradition of icon painting, the saint is typically accompanied by objects and signifiers that are extensions of the figure. However, in my work, the artifact is always foreign to the figure, reflecting a psychological distance between memory and history. By subverting these relations, my work uses history as a loose armature for the framing of different moods and sensations.

My current body of work consists of painted sculptures that investigate how meaning can be created through architectural dispositions. Using archaic volumes, the sculptures introduce spatial configurations to 2-dimensional works. Here, drawings are affected by light and changing vantage points, relating across real space rather than illusionistic space.

Bio

Marc Dessauvage is a painter and architect living and working in New York, NY and Cambridge, MA. He received his B.A. from Columbia University and his M. Arch from The Harvard Graduate School of Design. Recent exhibitions include a three-person show entitled "Iconologies" at Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Philadelphia, PA) as well as solo shows at Gallery Madison Park (New York, NY) and BAAA Gallery (Cambridge, MA) entitled "Figures and Objects." He is currently an artist in residence at Trestle Art Space in Brooklyn, NY.

Website: marcdessauvage.com

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