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Jean Claude Wouters: Portraits & Buddhas

Nov 11 to Dec 17, 2010
NOHO Modern

Jean Claude Wouters | Portraits & Buddhas
Opening Reception: November 11, 2010 | 6 – 9 pm
November 11 – December 17, 2010 | Monday – Friday, 11 – 6pm

NOHO Modern is pleased to present Portraits and Buddhas by Jean Claude Wouters. This exhibition, Wouters’ first solo exhibition in California, features works that refuse to be defined as either photography, drawing, or painting whose high level of craftsmanship recall Flemish masters. Wouters now lives and works in Los Angeles, but has lived extensively in Belgium, France, Dubai, and Japan. This exhibition continues NOHO Modern dedication in exhibiting important artists that have been previously or historically under-represented.

In his Buddha series, Jean Claude Wouters photographs images of Buddhas from books that he has painted over, sometimes painting over the resulting photograph, and re-photographing his process. Through this mark-making, whether it be marring the subject matter or expounding upon it, Wouters returns the image back to its more authentic self. He thereby acknowledges photographs (as well as the subsequent photographs of the photographs) as viable vessels and communicators of the original image, while recalling the artistic tradition of defacing works—à la Rauschenberg’s erasing of De Kooning’s drawing, Dali’s doodling on Goya’s Caprichos, and the Chapman Brothers’ subsequent defacing of Goya prints. But Wouters does it without irony, humor, or self-satisfied art-historical referencing.

Wouters reinvigorates the genre of Portrait photography in his Portrait series. He first photographs the Sitter in a traditional setting, then re-photographs the photograph with various lenses over and over again. This endless loop of photographic propagation not only mirrors our contemporary dissemination of images, but allows Wouters to capture the ageless essence of the Sitter that swims to the surface like a faintly-remembered dream.

Jean Claude Wouters was born in Belgium and currently lives and works in Southern California. He has exhibited internationally in Tokyo, Kyoto, Paris and New York, and has had work featured in FIAC and Art Basel Miami Beach. His work has been reviewed by the New York Times, Esquire, The Japan Times and many other Asian publications.

NOHO Modern was founded in 2002 with the purpose of promoting historical and contemporary art and design, while eschewing the traditional conceptual borders between them. Through museum-quality exhibitions of such artists and designers as June Harwood, Zanini de Zanine, James Prestini, and Robert Hansen, NOHO Modern aims to bring under-represented but well-respected artists and designers to Southern California that refuse to fit into pre-fabricated categories. Jeremy Petty owns and operates NOHO Modern.

Please check out the article about the exhibition in the Huffington Post.

NOHO Modern
750 North La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069

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