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The Readings We Give The Sky | Victoire Bourgois, Julia Felsenthal, and Marian Williams

Curated by Victoire Bourgois 

February 1 – March 9, 2024

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 1, 2024, 6-8 PM

The stars we are given. The constellations we make. That is to say, stars exist in the cosmos, but constellations are the imaginary lines we draw between them, the readings we give the sky, the stories we tell. ― Rebecca Solnit, Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics.

This show is an invitation to create a constellation, to draw lines between the works of three female artists whose work is deeply influenced by nature and the written word, and who each engage in careful observations of patterns found in nature and translated into idiosyncratic vocabularies. Each artist shares an obsession for and love for the solitary research it takes to look at the sky, the sea, and the world around us to find meaning in a world full of sound and fury.

Victoire Bourgois (b.1987 Paris) studied literature and philosophy at the Ecole Normale Superieure in France and holds an MFA from NYU. Her work incorporates glass, ceramics, and works on paper. Her practice focuses on careful observations and longing for the natural world and aims to give form to things fleeting and passing, like stars, shadows, or the wind rippling through a field of high grasses. In her daily practice, she is deeply influenced by art history and literature.

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Julia Felsenthal (b.1983) is a painter and writer working in Brooklyn and Cape Cod. Born and raised in Chicago, she studied English at Yale University and has written extensively about art and culture for T: the New York Times Style Magazine and Vogue. A lifelong painter, Felsenthal turned her focus to making art full time while living on Cape Cod during the Covid pandemic. Her water paintings emerged from the eeriness and anxiety of that time, and have evolved to reflect the ways that small permutations of the quotidian can become endlessly captivating and sublime. She had her first New York solo show, Thalassomania, at JDJ gallery in Tribeca in June 2023.

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Marian Williams (b. 1988). She holds an MFA from NYU and lives and works in Boston and Lincolnville, ME. Her work focuses on careful observation of patterns found in the natural world and in architecture, which she then reinterprets in forms both lyrical and spiritual.

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