4 MAY — 18 MAY 2013
Yves Laroche Galerie d\’art is proud to present “BOONZ”, Laurence Vallières’s first solo exhibition. Her complex assemblages of disparate cardboard pieces represent baboons, elephants, bears and other wild animals. Invested by Vallière’s work, the gallery space becomes an over sized sculptural bestiary. Vallières’s sculptures are studies that appropriate symbolism of the animal imagery to reveal their \’built\’ nature and establish equivalences between their symbolism and human behavior.
As an artist, one’s goal must be to express what is common and mundane in a way that makes it interesting and novel. To this end, Laurence Vallières uses animal imagery to symbolize and represent political issues and social behavior. Her work is greatly inspired by literature from the authors Georges Orwell and Art Spiegelman. Their deft use of metaphor allowed them to critique an issue or philosophy without explicitly stating the target of their anger. This use of metaphor gave their work the feel of a widely-circulated, savage inside joke. Similarly, Vallières creates art that maintains both visual appeal and an understated sense of humor. Vallières wants the meaning of her pieces to both capture the eye of the viewer initially and leave them with something to consider long after they’ve left. She sculpts monkeys, elephants and rhinoceroses, thinking about their human correspondents or the ideologies they represent.