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Thierry Feuz at Samuel Freeman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thierry Feuz and Jeremy Thomas exhibit new work at Samuel Freeman Gallery, April 4 to May 9, 2009. Read on for complete press release.

THIERRY FEUZ: Monsoon (featuring Jeremy Thomas)

at Samuel Freeman, April 4 to May 9, 2009


(Santa Monica, CA – March 2009) From April 4 to May 9, 2009, Geneva-based artist Thierry Feuz will exhibit Monsoon, a vivid lacquer and enamel fantasy of color, shapes and quasi-botany at Samuel Freeman in Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station.

Thierry’s work is a botanical wonderland where petals blur into abstractions, stems reduce into lines, and vibrant colors appear unreal by the very fact that they are culled from the extreme ends of a natural palette that too often goes unseen. At first sight, the Vienna-born artist’s work plays out like a survey of the highpoints of the natural world – flower petals pressed between the pages of a book, or back-lit specimens pressed onto a microscope slide – yet at every turn, there are also the tell-tale signs of artifice.

Detached organic forms float in an inchoate white background, their disconnectedness betraying an artist’s handicraft. A bubbling mass assumes myriad colors, as if it was being viewed through an uncalibrated spectrometer. And industrial-grade lacquer finishes transform naturalistic exploration into exhibitionist spectacle. This calculated portrayal of the neither here nor there results in a stirring examination of artistic invention and mimicry—and in the process, it turns the microscope back on ourselves, putting on stark display the increasing inseparability civilization imposes on the natural and artificial world.

Feuz studied at the Ecole Superior des Beaux Arts in Geneva. His work has been exhibited internationally at galleries in Brussels, Copenhagen, Geneva, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Vancouver and Zurich. Most recently he exhibited at the National Academy of Science, Washington, D.C. This is his first solo exhibition at Samuel Freeman.

Jeremy Thomas
New Mexico based artist Jeremy Thomas will exhibit new work in the sculpture garden. Thomas’ forged steel and powdercoat works seem to defy the nature of their own medium.  The material balloons and twists freely, with only the occasional oxidized surface hinting at the strength and structure beneath. Thomas, a self-described “maker of objects” works with a profound belief, not in the conceptual in art, but in the mythologies and truths of the form itself.

WHAT:
Lacquer and Enamel work by Thierry Feuz
Sculpture by Jeremy Thomas

WHEN:
April 4 to May 9, 2008
Opening reception on April 4, 5 to 8pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am to 6pm

WHERE:
Samuel Freeman
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, B7
Santa Monica, California 90404 USA

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
For more information, and to request interviews and hi-res images, the press should contact Brent Turner at the Campbells Public Relations, 323-244-5058 or brent@thecampbellspr.com.

For more information, the public should call 310-449-1479 or visit http://www.samuelfreeman.com.


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