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Journey of discovery

Journey of discovery

Two exhibitions running side by side at the Cynthia Corbett Gallery this month promise to take viewers on two different but equally fascinating journeys – one on the path from haute couture to “Art Couture” and the other through London’s winding streets.

Nicolas Saint Gregoire’s exhibition, “Art Couture”, combines the artist’s passion for design and his own practice as an artist. He pays homage to Yves Saint Laurent’s 1960’s Pop Art Collection, which was inspired by iconic works of Mondrian, Braque, and Wesselmann.

Courtesy Nicolas Saint Gregoire / The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

In order to represent the dresses accurately, the artist has designed his works by sketching directly from the original pieces in Yves Saint Laurent archives. Saint Gregoire has transformed these iconic dresses to stunning light sculptures using cold cathode tube lighting and Perspex, eight of which are exclusively inspired by the collection. Just as Yves Saint Laurent found inspiration from modern art in order to create his dresses, Nicolas Saint Gregoire uses fashion to create art, referencing Yves Saint Laurent’s statement that “fashion can merely be an art”.

 “You are Here”, an exhibition from Klari Reis, is a new series of map paintings which will all focus on London. Reis uses high resolution satellite imagery as her starting point to create her topographic works which, when combined with her knowledge of London, takes the viewer on an alternative tour of the city.

Courtesy Klari Reis / The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

These paintings reflect her recollected views of the city, focusing less on the geographical realities of the places she depicts but more on her own abstract perception of a place. She has chosen places in which she has had memorable recollections and positive experiences, thus creating hidden layers of personal meaning in her work while aiming to evoke discovery and interpretation.

As maps have held connotations of order and utilitarian function, Reis deviates from these norms to include her own artistic imprecision and whimsy. The artist’s previous work has a strong scientific and biological aspect, but has switched focus from the anatomical to the topographical. She is now looking less at how systems flow and interact inside of the body, but on the systems, movements, and patterns that occur inside of a city.

Both exhibitions run from 12 to 24 September.

Nicolas Saint Gregoire – “Art Couture*
Klari Reis – “You Are Here”
Exhibition runs 12 – 24 September 2011
Private View: Tuesday 13 September 2011, 6 – 9 pm
Live Music: Thursday 22 September 2011, 6 – 9 pm

An off-site exhibition presented by The Cynthia Corbett Gallery
Gallery 27, 27 Cork Street, Mayfair, London W1
Nearest Tube: Green Park
Hours: Daily 11am – 7pm or by appointment