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Lisières en Miroir
Hugo Galerie – Soho
Featuring Marc Chalmé
5 November–27 November 2022

    

HUGO GALERIE is pleased to present Lisières en Miroir, a solo exhibition featuring the mysterious and musing mind of Marc Chalmé. His canvases and drawings convey scenes from the in-between—not awake, not asleep, but a dreamy place for lingering betwixt the two.

This is the world where Chalmé works, thinks, and thrives. But it is not entirely his. Some pieces demonstrate incredible geometry and precision, others painterly brushstrokes that remind us of the artist’s hand behind the vignette, but all relinquish control to the viewer. He presents us with places to wanter. Unimpeded. Unimposed.

Lisières en Miroir translates to Mirror Edges. This is where we are. Neither in the reflection nor outside it. We are on the cusp. We are in Chalmé’s realm of the liminal space. Like where waves crash on the shore—is it the sea or the sand? Chalmé’s horizons are both dark and bright—is it dusk or dawn? Figureless streets have windows lit—are they inhabited or abandoned? Ferns and fawns meet in foyers. Buildings glow under swirling skies. Trees and orbs levitate. His works are like windows into windows into windows. They are portals.

But they aren’t portals to elsewhere. They are portals inward. They invite us to dive deeper within ourselves. His living rooms are living rooms. They are painted without being fixed. Because our meanderings matter. At first glance they might be the site of a childhood encounter, at next a friend’s flat, and perhaps later they are reminiscent of somewhere visited in a dream… They are malleable. They shapeshift and adjust. They depict what balances on the margin of our experience—the threshold between what is physical and psychological, lived and imagined, dreamed. 

He devises these liminal spaces for our delving pleasure. They are highly designed, not a leaf or leitmotif out of place, but they are not stagnant. They are made to investigate and accommodate. They live and breathe. And encourage us to do the same—not only on the outside, but also within. Chalmé’s works mirror the visible but reflect what remains unseen.

HUGO GALERIE is a fine art gallery in New York City specializing in contemporary figurative painting and sculpture. The gallery represents an international roster of artists working in a variety of media and range of genres. Please direct inquiries to info@hugogalerie.com.

Le Tapis Jaune, oil on canvas, 57½” x 45″ (146 x 114cm)
Le Triomphe du Végétal, oil on canvas, 51″ x 35″ (130 x 89cm)
Dreamers, oil on canvas, 63″ x 79″ (160 x 201cm)

 

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Symbols & Messages
Hugo Galerie – Madison
Featuring Joseph Adolphe
3 November–27 November 2022

   

HUGO GALERIE is pleased to present Symbols & Messages, a solo exhibition featuring the macro perspective and cinematic drama of Joseph Adolphe’s apologues.

Single subjects are center-framed against abstracted backgrounds. Poised for their close-ups and distilled from peripheral distraction, Adolphe’s figures assume agency and confront their viewers. They are like visions visiting from a dream. Mementos from another life’s memory. Vestiges of divine intervention. They see us.

Pale horses and point-blank bulls carry biblical weight. Floating esoterica and floral ephemera recall canonical literature. Shining silver’s use might fluctuate—from currency to high tea to succulent display—but its significance endures as successive generations maintain its relevance. They speak to us.

Adolphe paints what is both fierce and delicate, metaphorical and bold. His art is Janus-faced; its utter simplicity is deeply complex. Solitary characters uphold manifold meanings. Universal emblems are directly applicable. The theoretical, empirical, and allegorical converge like the forces of nature that both bind and individualize his audience. Monuments become intimate. They hear us.

These works, this collection of Symbols & Messages, are as much to us as they are from us. The canvases are both love letters and warnings, images of hopes and fears alike, flickers of the past as well as future. The longer you sit in front of a painting, the more it unfolds. Like a lotus. Adolphe’s pieces combine the mysterious and familiar to create totems that extend beyond the traditionally “totemic” to something more personal. More private. They are us.

HUGO GALERIE is a fine art gallery in New York City specializing in contemporary figurative painting and sculpture. The gallery represents an international roster of artists working in a variety of media and range of genres. Please direct inquiries to info@hugogalerie.com.

Equus No. 13, oil on canvas, 56″ x 60″ (142 x 152cm)
Another Memory, oil on canvas, 36″ x 42¾” (91 x 109cm)
Toro Bravo No. 41, oil on canvas, 44″ x 48″ (112 x 122cm)

 

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JOSEPH ADOLPHEELIZABETH ALLISON | FRANÇOIS ANTON | DIEGO BENÉITEZBETH CARTER | MARC CHALMÉ | GUILLAUME CHANSAREL | YVES CRENN | JESÚS CURIÁ | MARC DAILLYLAURENT DAUPTAIN | FABIENNE DELACROIX | NICOLAS DE LA HOZPHILIPPE H. DEQUESNE | STÉPHANE EROUANE DUMAS | JERNEJ FORBICI | ĠOXWA | FEDERICO INFANTE | PHILIPPE CHARLES JACQUET | CHIZURU MORII KAPLAN | CHRISTA KIROVA | SANDRINE PAUMELLE | JOSEPH PAXTON | PATRICK PIETROPOLI | ALEJANDRO QUINCOCES | DANIEL RAYNOTT | XAVIER RODÉS | ERIC ROUX-FONTAINE | BENOÎT TRIMBORN

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