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Marie Le Lievre: Orange Smoke

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When:

  • Tue 24 Apr ’12, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Thu 26 Apr ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Fri 27 Apr ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Sat 28 Apr ’12, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Wed 2 May ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Thu 3 May ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Fri 4 May ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Sat 5 May ’12, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Wed 9 May ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Thu 10 May ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Fri 11 May ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Sat 12 May ’12, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Wed 16 May ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Thu 17 May ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Fri 18 May ’12, 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • Sat 19 May ’12, 11:00am – 3:00pm
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Where:

Bartley + Company Art, 56a Ghuznee St, Te Aro, Wellington Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

24 April – 19 May 2012

You are warmly invited to the opening preview and to meet Marie Le Lievre - Tuesday 24 April, 5.30 - 7.30pm

"Let the intensely pleasurable experience of looking at these paintings be the only focus…"

It seems appropriate to introduce Marie Le Lievre’s first solo show with Bartley + Company Art with a quote from critic John Hurrell (eyecontactsite.com) responding to her work.

Hurrell has also described Le Lievre as having an "extraordinary ability to manipulate liquid paint into mesmerising sensual surfaces on canvas". Of course, there is more underlying the sumptuous depths of her surfaces than meets the eye (pardon the pun) - a whole 60 years of debate around the connotations and relevance of this kind of painting. Yet, as many have pointed out, despite predictions to the contrary, abstract expressionism has continued to play out as a field of investigation for artists. The June 2011 issue of Artforum had a special section dedicated to an exploration of the “historical nuances and the contemporary persistence of AbEx”. And Le Lievre clearly references these issues – while quietly taking her own personal, physical satisfaction in the act of painting. Christchurch based she has painted steadily over the past year and some of her titles, for example the barbiturates allude to the role painting has played in her life in this time.

Marie Le Lievre completed an MFA with distinction at the University of Canterbury in 2008. She has exhibited in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and was included in the Christchurch Art Gallery's 2009 exhibition of emerging painters. Her work is in private and public collections including the University of Canterbury, Christchurch Art Gallery and Fletcher Challenge Corporation. She will exhibit in Sydney and Paris later this year.

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