2017 Artist of the Year, Alice Raymond : Nowhere & Now Here
It is with great pleasure that BoxHeart Gallery presents our 2017 Artist of the Year, Alice Raymond, and her debut solo exhibition in Pittsburgh, Nowhere & Now Here. Alice Raymond: Nowhere & Now Here will be on exhibit in our main gallery January 17th to February 17th, 2017. Born French in the suburbs of Paris, Raymond traveled through Europe as a child before moving to the United States as an adult. In the article Intimate Mapping by Emily Fayet of Art in Facts, she describes Raymond's journey, "As a result of her travels, Raymond became interested in maps and how to represent her daily confrontation with language. Upon arriving in the U.S., she began collecting words and translating them into geometrical drawings in a sketchbook known as her 'encyclopedia'". This practice allows Raymond to assign shape to word, her own codified language. When a shape she creates resonates with a word she selects, she paints it in acrylic on imperfect parallelograms of recycled textile that can be rolled or folded like a map. The final result captures the intricacies of translation, but more than that, questions our relationship to the notion of territory and how geography defines people. Referring to Korzybski and his theory of General Semantic, language is a limitation of our abilities. By processing the social choices influenced by her travels and everyday encounters, Raymond brings up collective pluralistic ideas and questions the individualistic tendencies popular in our world. Raymond explains, "For this first exhibition in Pittsburgh, the best quote is Newton's: 'We build too many walls and not enough bridges.' What if all is really linked? What if every answer is already before our eyes, waiting for observation and contemplation? Maybe the best way is to be here, taking time to care of the surroundings." Raymond earned an MA in Language Sciences from the University of Grenoble and an MA in Visual Arts from the University of Bordeaux. Her work, based on social and cultural research, has been shown in cultural and educative venues in Europe and in USA, as the Florida Atlantic University Galleries and MOCA NoMi (FL), Root Division (CA), the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest (Hungary), the Harper College Gallery in Palatine (IL). She received a European Grant for the German Art Residency Art Aspects and was an AIRIE Fellow in 2013. Focused on socio-cultural issues, she started her photography series about urbanism and space occupancy. Raymond shares her time between Bordeaux in France and the USA.. Reception with the Artist Alice Raymond: Nowhere & Now Here will be on exhibit at BoxHeart Gallery from January 17th - February 17th, 2017. The reception with the artist will be held Saturday, January 21st from 5 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.