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FIG First Independent Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Claire Chene "Mapping"
Bergamot Station G6
2525 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404

November 14th, 2012 - December 22nd, 2012
November 17th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Street Scene, Claire CheneClaire Chene, Street Scene,
2012, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40"
santa monica/venice
Wed - Sat, 11 - 5
landscape, abstract, modern

Sometimes you become lost and need to find your way.  Claire Chene found herself desperately lost when her precious sketchbook disappeared.  So many images and ideas gone.  For many artists there could be no greater disruption.  Then, she came to a logical solution… make a map and find your way.  Chene’s work has often referred to places she has lived, worked or traveled to, places that can be fading memories or recent explorations.  In her latest work, the idea of mapping leads to aerial views of bustling city grids and desert vistas.  These are paintings of electric vibrancy, pulsing traffic, swirling skies and blowing dust, gentle cherry blossoms and concrete jungles.  And, somehow, by mapping her way through Japanese cities, the Arizona desert, wherever the maps would lead, she found she was back again.  These paintings speak of that journey.

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