February 2019 - Popcorn Gallery

What Words Can't Say: Irene Clouthier

February 2 to 24, 2019

Saturdays & Sundays, 12pm to 6pm

Opening reception: Saturday, February 2, 4 to 6pm

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture

Location: Popcorn Gallery

Admission: Free

Contact Email: info@glenechopark.org

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222

http://glenechopark.org/exhibitions

 


 

The Partnership presents an exhibition of sculptural work by Irene Clouthier.  In Clouthier’s work she explores and creates new spaces, environments, strange relationships between scale, objects, backgrounds and the universe that unfold by shifting those elements coming from an existing object or spaceHaving grown up in a hostile environment in a violent city in Mexico, toys and games were an escape. The use of plastic and toys in her work references our own childhood and playfulness, to enact fantasies as a statement about the bubble wrap society we live in, the disposable culture, the loss of sensibility, and the embrace of plastics as the cool material of our emptiness. Her recent sculptural work is an exploration of the complexity of human relationships, love, despair, disappointment, loneliness and feelings of the human condition. She began this exploration after going through a divorce and experimenting with duality and confusion, then it unfolded into exploring just the words, their meaning, and how opposites are also connected, because feelings are always connected. Clouthier finds playful ways to express herself, transforming and presenting the work in a new context and inviting viewers to reflect on what it means in their own relationships.

 

Opening Reception

Saturday, February 2, 4 to 6pm

 

Artist Talk & Closing Reception

Sunday, February 24, 4pm

 

Artist Irene Clouthier in conversation with curator and professor Tatiana Flores, Rutgers University.