Swiss architect (and more) Le Corbusier was the genius behind the celebrated Villa Savoye, a modernist home and architectural masterpiece located outside Paris. Everything about it is striking, from the smooth white façade and ribbon windows to the slender columns raising it above the earth. With Stretching Savoye, Frederick Pichon’s new show of mixed-media paintings opening at Palette Contemporary (7400 Montgomery NE), the French-born, Colorado-based artist pays naked homage to the 20th-century giant. Images of sleek, Corbusian buildings are painted with the realism and perfect geometries of an experienced draftsman, but they are rich with light, shadow and color. From his two-dimensional resin-coated panels, Pichon evokes a perspective so acute that the eye’s movement from “near” to “far”—the illusion of distance—can feel like the zooming of a camera. I find it fascinating that what Pichon renders in acrylics possesses such a solidity, a realism; meanwhile, the physical media he collages in adds a dimension of abstraction to his paintings. It’s a curious reversal and a conceptual conundrum that’ll be on display at the show’s opening on Friday, Jan. 3, from 5 to 8pm, or until Feb. 6. (Lisa Barrow)
Friday Jan 3, 2014
7400 Montgomery NE
Featuring mixed media paintings by Frederick Pichon.
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