December 28, 2008

Valérie Favre: The rabbit-woman

Berlin-based Valérie Favre is having her first US solo show this month at Susanne Vielmetter in Los Angeles. Favre's ongoing series of "Lapine" paintings blend art-historical references with mythological figures and subjective experiences, weaving together thickly-painted narratives at once bizarre and mysterious. "Lapine" is a French play on words that refers to the paintbrush as a female penis ("la pine") and to the rabbit-woman that repeatedly appears in her paintings. Favre says the rabbit-woman is both her self-proclaimed alter ego and an emblematic logo. With a background in theater, Favre builds dream-like mise en scenes that compile stories from film-like sequences and scenes. Favre is currently preparing solo exhibitions at the Museum Carrée d'Art, Nîmes, France, and at the Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland.

"Valérie Favre," Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA. Through Jan. 31.


Like a whimsical, small-scale version of Cecily Brown.