FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rene de Loffre
July 3 through July 30, 2004
Reception: Sunday, July 11, 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex
650 A South Avenue 21, Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 276-9320, fax (213) 617-0303
Web site, <http://www.laartcore.org>
Gallery hours Thursday thru Sunday 12-4:00 pm
Rene de Loffre, "The Rising", 2004, giclee print and acrylic on panel, 24" x 30"
This month at the LA Artcore Brewery Annex welcomes a series of recent works by Rene de Loffre, a Los Angeles based artist. Each work transmits a quiet solitude of intricately crafted environments of rich texture and color. The material surface of these works has been manipulated through digital photographs and multiple layers of acrylics, gels and varnishes, resulting in a visual feast of highly texturized abstract areas intermingled with more realistic, yet mysterious, figures. Solitary figures that seem almost classical in origin do not readily give their purpose or identity. In doing so, every viewer can translate each one of these marvelous visual landscapes into their own horizons.
I utilize a long process of varying techniques to produce my images. Digital photography is manipulated in Photoshop, and archival prints are attached to cradled frames, which are then over-painted with acrylics. I also apply overlaid materials to some of my works.
Nude or semi-nude figures are juxtaposed against a variety of natural abstract patterns, brushwork, and a variety of textured elements. Male and female figures balance between the posed and the spontaneous, movement and stasis, that lend an overall dynamic tension to the pieces. Human figures are not focal points but abstract elements in the total design of the image.
This tension, along with high contrast lighting reminiscent of Caravaggio and La Tour, is achieved by use of a single strobe. My primary creative goal is to establish a dreamlike mood. This coincides with my ideal of "feeling the shot" in archery, which I have practiced for many years. It is this rather Zen concept that I hope to convey to my viewers: "feel the image." Any message is subordinate to the mood which I hope the viewer will experience.