Tripoli Gallery

Oven Candles, 2011
Graphite on paper, and tempered glass
21-1/2" x 15-3/4"

Detail: Oven Candles, 2011
Graphite on paper, and tempered glass
21-1/2" x 15-3/4"

Detail: ANO 1492, 2012
Pigment and Japanese ink on velin
81" x 59-1/2

Three Months Before Birth, 2012
Ink on watercolor paper
47-1/2" x 31.5"

St. Barthélemy to Southampton: Vahakn Arslanian, Dominique Rousserie, and Lola Montes Schnabel

June 25 ‐ July 6, 2013

Tripoli Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a group exhibition titled St. Barthélemy to Southampton. Presented in collaboration with Sibarth Villa Rentals, the show features works by three artists who spend time each year drawing, painting and sculpting in their studios on the island of St. Barth in the French West Indies: Lola Montes Schnabel, Dominique Rousserie, and Vahakn Arslanian. Within their disparate techniques and themes we see a common thread of exploration of the psyche and a reordering of the physical world. Behind this delving, disassembling, and re-imagining lie different motivations. One pursues revelatory and emotional understanding, another reveals the bonds between hallucination and reality, and another celebrates the beauty of absurdity. The show will be presented by Tripoli Gallery and Sibarth at 30A Jobs Lane in Southampton from June 25 to June 30, 2013. An Artists' Reception will be held on Saturday, June 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Born in Antwerp but raised in New York City, Vahakn Arslanian began painting and working with glass at an early age. Deaf from birth and fascinated by the chaotic beauty of shattered glass, Vahakn found in his art both a route for his imaginative vision and a means of exploring the equilibrium between destruction and creation. His work frequently employs glass—sometimes broken, sometimes intact—as well as found or acquired objects like antique window sashes and hardware, massive airliner cockpit windows, lightbulbs, and even jet-engine fans. The images he places in and on the spaces thus created depict his vision of beauty and absurdity: a bird with a subway car for a beak, a candle with too many flames, a flock of tiny Boeing jets converging on the vortex at the center of a shattered window.

Vahakn's work has been shown by Vito Schnabel at exhibitions in London (Mr. Big Ben), in New York City (Holy Heavenly, Ghost of a Plane, and Jesus Loves Captain Sully Sullenberger), and in Switzerland at the 2011 St. Moritz Art Masters. His collaboration with Julian Schnabel, "The Ones You Didn't Write—The Maybach Car," was displayed on the Grand Canal during the Venice Biennale. Vahakn divides his time between his studios in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Petite Saline, St. Barth.

 

In the artworks of Dominique Rousserie, we find a metaphysical diagram that details the complex interactions between forces visible and invisible in our world. A terrapin skull adorned with feathers invokes the omnipotent alchemy of the natural world while simultaneously paying homage to aboriginal humans whose vision transforms biology—bone, keratin, hemp—into talisman. In certain works, we find ourselves so far removed from the subject that we float above islands traced in the sea beneath us. In others, we dive so far into the minute interior of our world that we stand enraptured by, or nearly enmeshed in, the delicate latticework of a molecule. Rousserie's own personal exploration of these mysterious realities forms the basis for his varied series of works over the past two decades, some on canvas, others sculptural, and some textual as well.

Rousserie's work has been exhibited extensively worldwide and is part of numerous public collections, including The Museum of Contemporary Art Sofia Imber (Caracas), Brazilian Museum of Sculpture (Sao Paulo), Phyllis Rapp for Tate Modern (London), Foundation Coprim (Paris), Foundation Banco Patricio (Buenos Aires), Pinault (France), Eugenio Lopez (Mexico), Niarchos (United Kingdom) and others. Rousserie lives and works in Saline, St. Barth and Miami, Florida.

 

Born in New York City in 1981, Lola Montes Schnabel has devoted her attention since adolescence to the concept and depiction of myth, the visual realization of narrative form, and raw emotion. Through the compilation of images, strokes, and stains, her works unveil underlying truth in the subconscious. Lola Montes (she omits her last name in attributions for her work) has created and exhibited art in a wide range of media, including drawing, painting, portraiture, sculpture, photography and film.

Lola received her BA from Cooper Union in 2008. Her works have been shown in numerous solo and group shows in New York City, Rome, Antwerp and elsewhere. She has conceived and directed 26 short films, including those for Lou Reed's concert performances of his album "Berlin." Her 9-minute short, "Dialogue Between a Soul and Nature"—an homage to artist Luigi Ontani adapted from a Giacomo Leopardi text—was shown at the 55th Venice Biennale. In addition, she has collaborated on art and design projects for John Frusciante, Max Mara and Tommy Hilfiger, and she serves on the Board of Advisors to Anthology Film Archives in New York. Lola is represented by the Tripoli Gallery, and her works have been shown extensively by Tripoli Patterson in Southampton and Manhattan. When in St. Barth, Lola paints at a remote location on the island's Atlantic coast. She currently lives and works at her studio in Amagansett.

Vahakn Arslanian
Oven Candles, 2011
Graphite on paper, and tempered glass
21-1/2" x 15-3/4"

Vahakn Arslanian
Detail: Oven Candles, 2011
Graphite on paper, and tempered glass
21-1/2" x 15-3/4"

Dominique Rousserie
Detail: ANO 1492, 2012
Pigment and Japanese ink on velin
81" x 59-1/2

Lola Montes
Three Months Before Birth, 2012
Ink on watercolor paper
47-1/2" x 31.5"