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Sep 21 - Dec 17, 2016
Toronto
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Toronto, ON M6H 1J4

The Sophie la Rosière Project - Chapter II

Curated by
Rui Mateus Amaral
The mysterious "black paintings" found in the Sophie La Rosière archives

The exhibition at the Scrap Metal gallery shows the second phase of the Sophie La Rosière project. It introduces the investigative and forensic work that reveals the hidden iconography underneath the mysterous "black paintings" found amongst Sophie La Rosière archives.

The investigation into Sophie La Rosière’s legacy includes x-rays of her “Blackened Paintings”, undertaken by the C2RMF laboratory (Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France), Paris, and the Michener Institute, Toronto. Thereby, from the outside still hidden underneath a thick black encaustic layer, - any original oil-painting elements executed with at the time common lead-white become visible. Now, this series of her work, dating around 1917, is visible to us through this analysis. What can be identified is an iconography of an erotic nature, that sparks further questions and investigations beyond Rosière’s work into her social and historic fabric. These works are catalogued and given inventory-numbers.

Reviews
Review, Kate Taylor Globe & Mail

Iris Häussler wishes to acknowledge the support of the following funders