"...the principle of collage is the central principle of all art in the 20th century." -- Donald Barthelme (1931-1989)

''l'art pour l'art.'' -- Henri-Benjamin Constant de Rebecque (1767–1830) also attributed to Théophile Gautier (1811–1872)

Reviews of Collage Exhibitions:

Coco Larrain: "Glimpses Into the Worlds Around Me"
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth, MA
April 8th - April 19th, 2009

Coco Larrain
Words and A Branch, 10" x 7 1/2"

Coco Larrain - Moth and Johnny Jump Up, 10 1/2" x 8"

Coco Larrain - Words and A Plant, 10" x 7 1/2"

Coco Larrain - Ask Dog Lady, 9 1/2" x 14"

Coco Larrain at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod
April 8th - April 19th, 2009

Coco Larrain’s latest exhibit of new works reveals a bold step into the world of collage. These pieces represent a radical departure from her soulful oil portraits of animals and vast inquiring landscapes of the heavens.

Each collage differs from the previous with individual vocabularies and elements, creating statements of the world around her. In some, she merges generations, with cutout botanicals and old prints from a collection she inherited from her late grandmother – who was an accomplished and published decoupage artist – with doodles from her once young son’s notebooks and his numerous toddler drawings. You will find similar elements in totally different environments, sometimes with her own wildly energetic drawings, or abstract watercolor paintings from her earlier life, or again, with torn pieces of photography she retrieved from the trash thrown out by her former husband, photographer Gilles Larrain.

Amongst the variety of these individual and whimsical collages, Ms. Larrain has included a series of three very unique pieces comprised of almost obsessively repeated words written in a calligraphic hand, combined with evocative and intricately cutout objects from nature, such as flowering plants, moths and fruit. The results of which create a delicate and poetically charmed visual treat.

Larrain’s collages provide an intimate peek into inward, highly emotional landscapes. In this work, she invites us to take the lunge fully into a set of dreamlike landscapes that are not yet open to easy analysis --- they are glimpses into parts of herself (or ourselves) which are still waiting to be explored, and redeemed, with compassion. They retain some of Larrain’s elegance and precision. But they also reflect a far richer, and less polished, primary process. This exhibit has opened the way for what we hope will be a continued journey into depth perception by a talented and generous artist.

- Chuck Mandansky 4.22.09

Coco Larrain's website can be found at www.CocosPortraits.com
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod website can be found at www.cultural-center.org


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Last Update: April, 2009
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