The notion of the body is a complicated and elusive one (read more on this topic in our article Calligraphy on Girls). However, there is something which can be said about the body in the postmodern era – with a degree of certainty – it is a construct which bears significant meaning and conveys important aspects of our existence. Artist Ashley Oubré understands the notion of the body and utilizes this concept in order to show melancholic and intriguing, yet beautiful imagery…
Robert Fontaine Gallery has been a home for a number of exciting exhibitions during the year behind us. Throughout its history, the gallery has been focusing on emerging artists as well as established ones and been devoted to a various set of mediums, from digital media to conceptual installations and urban interventions. During spring, we were able to see an interesting body of work by David Walker and his take on portraiture (read more in Swapping Souls With Strangers). In October, the gallery space was a place where one could witness the play between reality and illusion by Nick Gentry (read more in Synthetic Daydreams). Robert Fountaine Gallery ended the year with a successful appearance at CONTEXT Art Fair, where, among other artwork, they exhibited pieces by Ashley Oubré…
There are certain artists whose work is such a powerful mixture of excellence in technique and intriguing subject matter. In these cases, one can only stand in awe in front of such pieces. Work of self-taught artist Ashley Oubré are drawings created by the power of graphite powder, india ink and carbon pencil. What is even more inspiring and intriguing, the final result is a photo-realistic piece, or, as Oubré would put it, “hyper realist.” Ashley Oubré had started drawing at the age of 20, but after a long break she started again just couple of years ago, quitting her office job in order to focus entirely on the art. Despite the fact that she suffers from hand cramps, the artist has said once that she will be keeping up with the meticulous exploration of shape and form…
The drawings of the talented Oubré evoke a state of melancholy and echoes a certain darkness. More importantly, we can see how much she achieves with the use of grey tones. The achievement of this kind of aesthetics is, then, combined with the realization of how Oubré managed to capture emotion and/or the state of the object which is being depicted. In this regard, the viewer is faced with a practically perfect execution of light, shadow and texture within the piece. And finally, the realism of the work serves as a vessel for the realism of social discourses (especially those which can be seen through the concept of the body) which the artist finds significant. Be sure to visit the solo exhibition of new works by Ashley Oubré in the period between January 10th and January 31st 2015, at Robert Fontaine Gallery.
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Featured images: Ashley Oubre - Saville, 2014 - graphite powder, carbon pencil and india ink on paper (unique) - segment; Ashley Oubre - The Soliloquy, 2014 - graphite powder, carbon pencil and india ink on paper (unique). All images courtesy of robertfontainegallery.com
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