Françoise Pétrovitch: Indigo Children
15.09 – 12.11.2022 – Helwaser Gallery, New York
September 15, 2022 – November 12, 2022
Opening Reception: September 15, 2022 – 5pm – 8pm
« No matter the medium, drawing remains at the center of Pétrovitch’s practice; from an early age she decided, notknowing the word “artist,” to be a “drawer.” That foundation persists as a sort of binding agent holding hercompositions together. She admires Henri Matisse, who managed to conceal any hierarchy of form. In her words,he synthesized “brushstroke and pigment, drawing and painting, line and pattern,” an equilibrium she likewiseaspires to. Like the great fauve, Pétrovitch’s canvases are permeated with brilliant hues, bold modeling, andindeterminate, horizon-less spaces. All her own, though, is the unsettling duality her canvases evoke: the colorssaturated yet somehow translucent, the figures plainly of this world and equally phantasmal.
With one exception, the eight large-scale paintings in Indigo Children portray young people. They appear in a varietyof poses and relations without environmental context. None meet the viewer’s gaze. They look down, or at asmartphone; they cover their eyes with a hand or a mask; they stare, emptily, just off-center. Playful colors beliethese melancholic scenes. Pétrovitch seems to indicate these young people are caught in an isolating “in-between”:identities-in-progress, souls in flux. » […] *
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