Beginning on October 2, 2009 Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, at 435 South Guadalupe Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico will present two separate shows opening on the same night. We will be showing glance, an exhibition of new work by Las Cruces artist Julia Barello. We will also be exhibiting Perception, the first exhibition of new work at Zane Bennett by Santa Fe’s own, Pascal. There will be a reception on Friday, October 2, 2009, from 5-7 pm, and the shows continue through November 7, 2009.
Pascal, who is originally from France, settled in Santa Fe in 1997, and his career has blossomed in America. Prior to that time, he had gained a European reputation as a promising young sculptor, with a series of solo exhibitions in France and Switzerland. Pascal’s abstract sculptures are, as he says, “a sweet interrogation, rather than an affirmative message”. He is concerned with the probing nature of the artistic process. Pascal’s favorite medium is wood, particularly mahogany. “I think wood has memory”, he says, “because of its individuality, its smell, its temperature, its origin. This medium is strong, smart, full of character, unexpected - very feminine.” Pascal’s works are characterized by his masterful craftsmanship, a graceful balance, and a meticulous attention to detail. “Wood has its own intelligence”, he says. “It knows many things, and it teaches them to me. In this way, I understand what I want to do with it, so that the final image reflects its innate qualities as well as my own thoughts and feelings.” Since moving to Santa Fe, Pascal has been awarded several commissions for large-scale installations, and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He is also a bit of a local celebrity. Collectors have responded greatly to the simplicity of his approach, which balances geometric abstraction with organic form. This is Pascal’s debut show at Zane Bennett.