||On view May 25 through June 16, 2012
Opening Reception on Friday, May 24, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Artwork by Roger Guillemin and his son le Corbeau will be presented together for the first time at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla. Featuring abstract prints by La Jolla resident Roger Guillemin and allegorical bronze sculpture by New Jersey sculptor le Corbeau, the show brings together two perspectives on the world.
“Roger Guillemin and le Corbeau: Father and Son offers the chance to see a parallel in our approaches to making art. My father has explored painting as a way that translates his scientific perspective, while I have explored the science of making art in order to convey mine.”
— le Corbeau
Roger Guillemin’s broad, fluid “brushstrokes” relate a brilliant, complex visual experience akin to the color field movement of the 1940-50’s. As one of the first artists to explore printmaking from digital media – termed digital ink-jet prints – he translated the virtual paintings into limited edition archival prints long before it was common. Roger found that a familiarity with computers in his work provided a natural transition toward using them to make art. World travels during his career as a scientist gave Roger ample opportunity to explore different cultures and their arts, a prism of experience evident in the art that he’s created since the late 50’s. Roger Guillemin is a neuroscientist at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, and is a 1977 Nobel Laureate.
le Corbeau started his career as a 14 year old jeweler so was naturally drawn toward sculpture and other metal arts while attending San Diego State University in the mid 1970’s. He perfected his bronze casting techniques while on staff at the internationally acclaimed Johnson Atelier, an artist enclave in New Jersey rich in cultural and artistic diversity. He has continued to develop a body of work influenced by the Surrealists in its inclusion of found objects both natural and manufactured. The resulting allegories reflect his sense of humor and a deep regard for classical form and technique. The life-size sculpture “Doreé” was a seminal piece from that period; as a portrait of one of his sisters, it presents a violin merged to a female torso in place of a head.
le Corbeau’s portfolio includes works in wood, iron, and precious metals, from small to monumental in scale. Over the years his interests have been diverse, leading him to also engage in the design of furniture, lighting, and decorative objects. In the mid 1980’s le Corbeau started his own metal works company where he and his staff make sculpture and other ornamental metal projects for himself, architects, artists, municipalities, and designers across the country. Born François Guillemin, the artist is known affectionately as The Crow. In regards to his art career, he is le Corbeau.