Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Houses In Motion: Angela Dufresne.

The Phillip Johnson New Canaan House with the Floating Museum and Conservatory addition c. 2046

These paintings are by Angela Dufresne. I saw her work for the first time a couple years ago at the Hammer in LA, and was duly blown away. I keep being reintroduced to her at openings because we have a couple hundred mutual friends. Saturday night at Zoe's opening, Angela said something that made me laugh so hard that I think I pulled something. I'm not kidding. I'd love to repeat it here, but it's actually unprintable. Yes. It's actually unprintable HERE. I know. Impressive, right? Anyway, in lieu of repeating what she said I'll offer up what she's painted. That way, you won't have to pull a muscle.

I have to say that I've been way way way behind the curve when it comes to Dufresne's work. I started late, and I've been playing catchup ever since. I'm more familiar with her architecture and landscape paintings but she also does people and the scenes they're in. No matter her subject, I always feel like she's slowed things down (or maybe sped them up, I don't know) and I'm seeing the world the way the gods do, able to watch time move vertically and horizontally at the same time. Which is awesome, of course . . . and very, very beautiful.

At Some Point Every Girl Passes into Womanland and Realizes Dorothy Malone is the Hero in \"Written in the Wind\"

This is a close-up pic I took of one of her paintings at the Hammer . . .


zs said...

Angela Dufresne is unbelievably talented. I love, love, love her work and I love, love, love her.

Angela's lady friend is Liz Bonaventura, who is a friend forever AND is one of the greatest living painters in the world. I am very proud to own some of her early work. That is one fucking talented household.

Also, did Angela get that glove that fell out of her vagina?

Heart As Arena said...

It was a mitten, and apparently it ended up on a traffic cone.

And OMG, Zoe Strauss. I pulled something all over again when I read your comment.

Shea said...

I lover her work.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Barry Hoggard said...

The current Klaus von Nichtssagend show has some gorgeous prints by her.

Heart As Arena said...

Oooh. Thanks for the tip!