Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature French artist, Patrick Girod, in Enigmatic Realms. The exhibition is scheduled to run from January 11, 2011 through February 1, 2011 (opening reception: Thursday, January 13, 2011).Patrick Girod’s work combines the ecstatic effulgence considered endemic to his native France with the strictness and humility associated with Switzerland. Working with oil on canvas in a traditional drip technique, Girod’s meandering compositions match the fanaticism of Pollock with the austerity of the Minimalists. Equally heuristic and playful, Girod’s oil drips appear in modest quantities but act fiercely upon the senses, creating a "neuronal impressionism" reminiscent of music, dance and dream life. Thin, wailing lines come to meet delicate droplets falling in place like cosmic constellations or notes in a swinging musical score. In other instances, we see Girod’s swift stroke take on anthropomorphic qualities, suggesting movement and bodily communication. Form, line and composition take precedence over color, paring the imagery down to a truly sensate decadence wavering between everything, nothing and the void.Patrick Girod was born in 1957 in Pontarlier, France. Educated in Switzerland, he currently lives and works in Switzerland and France.Exhibition Dates: January 11, 2011 – February 1, 2011Reception: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York CityGallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m.Event URL: the Exhibition:Enigmatic Realms features works which deal with the poetry, passion and even occasional tragedy that come together to create the world in which we live. These are artists who face the mysteries and challenges of the human condition with courage, honesty and a powerful optimism that transfers itself to their audience.Featured Artists:Patricia Arnillas, Patrick Girod, Samantha Lu, Soungho Nim, Jutta Rakoniewski, Davyd WhaleyAbout Agora GalleryAgora Gallery is a fine art gallery located in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea art galleries district that was established in 1984 and is famous for showcasing a spectacular array of talented artists from around the world and around the corner, while providing quality and original art to collectors. The gallery also publishes ARTisSpectrum Magazine, a bi-annual magazine that is distributed to museums, galleries, art institutions and art schools around the world. It provides artists, collectors, museums, galleries, art organizations and enthusiasts with access to the work of internationally talented artists as well as feature articles, reviews and interviews. Agora Gallery is also the sponsor of ARTmine, one of the most comprehensive resources available worldwide to view and purchase fine art. Most recently, the gallery launched Agora Art Blog, a blog designed to provide helpful information and advice for artists while providing a forum for artists to help one another by sharing their experiences and thoughts.Image Credit- Patrick Girod, Over the Time, Oil on Canvas
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