Starting on January 17th and lasting through the end of the month, Marfa Contemporary will be presenting the exhibit Agathe de Bailliencourt: Hues of Time. The exhibit features all of the new paintings created in Marfa during Bailliencourt’s three-month residency at Marfa Contemporary.
This particular series dwells on the question of horizon, one of the art of painting’s most traditional subjects for defining time, space, and a scale of infinity. The paintings are characterized by subtle shades of color produced by acrylic paint and large amounts of water, watercolor techniques, and a minimalist idea of landscape. The untreated linen fiber used for the pieces reacts to the paints in an extremely sensitive, slow, and almost uncontrollable way. At the same time, every action is irreversibly visible, laying bare the entire process of producing an image of a landscape.
Bailliencourt’s three-month residency was hosted by the Marfa Contemporary Artist in Residence program, which was launched in 2012 and aims to support the development of artists of diverse ages, backgrounds, and disciplines. The program provides an opportunity for artists to work in a unique and natural environment. Marfa Contemporary strives to “instill in the public a lifetime appreciation of the arts and enthusiasm for creative practice.” The organization is the first regional extension of the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, which is an Oklahoma City-based non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging creative expression in all its forms through education and exhibit. Exhibits at Marfa Contemporary are free of charge to the public all year-round and feature the recent works of regional, national, and international artists.
Artist Agathe de Bailliencourt was born in Paris and is currently based in Berlin, Germany. She works on canvas and paper, as well as in public spaces and architectures. Since 2005, her works have been exhibited internationally. In her own words, Agathe describes the process of creating her works as an “intuitive exploration for a domain that incorporates the experience of inside and outside, a third category.”
Marfa Contemporary is located at 100 East San Antonio Street. The exhibit’s opening night on January 17th will last from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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