Rachelle Rojany: Body of Work
May 31, 2008 - July 5, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 31, 6 - 8 pm
The Happy Lion is pleased to present Body of Work, the second solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Rachelle Rojany. Introducing this oeuvre in its most literal and playful sense, the show consists of meticulously constructed sculptures modeled from body parts and made with an array of materials such as bronze, brass, wood, and sound.
Rojany composes an elegant visual vocabulary rich with metaphorical and layered meanings. In Mileft, Rojany combines the idioms "walking a mile in someone else's shoes" and "two left feet" to produce a sculpture made up of two leather boots that look like left feet--thus making the impossible possible whilst dispelling the truth. In Handy flag in Handy holder, a sculpted bronze hand holds a fabric hand flag, waving itself proudly in a curious display of etymological inaccuracy. A life-sized mirrored corner acts as a pedestal and places the viewer as the subject of the piece, while a faint soundtrack of owls and Leonard Cohen question the immersion of the viewer into the piece. Although the work maintains an obvious, even slapstick, sense of humor, the disembodied body parts evoke a feeling of dispossession, fragmentation--an exploded body politic.
Rachelle Rojany has participated in numerous group exhibitions in galleries across the US and Europe in addition to exhibitions at Chapman University, NYU and the Irvine Fine Arts Center. She is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley; and she studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, and the University of Bologna. She was an artist in residence at Zentralbuero in Berlin, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and at the Vermont Studio Center. In 2009, Rachelle will create a site-specific installation in a Delaware State Park. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.
The Happy Lion is located at 963 Chung King Road in Los Angeles. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11-6 and by appointment. For additional information or visuals, please contact the gallery at 213.625.1360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.