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Mar 2, 2018

La Mama Galleria is Excited to Announce a Two-Woman Exhibition of Artists Claudia Doring-Baez and Sophie Iremonger

Raw & Cooked: Claudia Doring-Baez and Sophie Iremonger

Curated by Karen Wilkin and Robert James Anderson

Claudia Doring-Baez's recent paintings depart from the French director Alain Renais's 1961 film "Last Year at Marienbad," with its enigmatic screenplay by Alain Robbe-Grillet. 

Doring-Baez's paintings are based on stills from the film, chosen to encapsulate its mood and elusive narrative. 

She filters the images from the stills through her recollections of the film and translates them into a non-literal language of broad painterly gestures. 

Just as the film ignores conventional narrative logic, Doring-Baez ignores the sequence of the film, making us invent new connecting narratives when we see the series as a group. 

We recognize elements from the film but ultimately, our attention is held by her bold drawing, her energetic paint handling, and her heightening of the strangeness of remembered but familiar images. 

More information on Claudia can be found at lamama.org/raw_and_cooked.

Sophie Iremonger's sizeable works on paper deliver vivid colour, multifarious pictorial languages and seductive yet cautionary imagery. 

As we feast on saccharine foods, encountering sexy-cum-shifty aristocrats and bejewelled objects, our visual trawling is haunted by glimpses of skull-like visages, birds of prey, and coffins, filled with cake. 

Alongside these are her 'Cake Relics'—discarded books transformed with painterly substances into dessert-like objects. 

Here stodgy-looking volumes of thick media mound around isolated confectionery images that seem to sink—and pull us—into remnant traces of the underlying book forms. 

Excerpts from the artist's sketchbooks serve to further reveal the psychological and idiosyncratic nature of her line—a key unifying element in all the works being shown—in its most raw state. 

More information on Sophie can be found at lamama.org/raw_and_cooked.

Both artists are prolific and restless in their visual investigations of pertinent, human themes. This is the first time their work will be seen together.

Karen Wilkin and Robert James Anderson, New York, 2018

Artists Bio:
Claudia Doring-Baez was born in Mexico City, Mexico, and has lived in New York since coming to the city in 1980 to attend Columbia University, where she obtained a B.A. She has an M.F.A. from the New York Studio School. Baez has exhibited at Art-3, Brooklyn (now Silas Morisse Gallery); GalerĂ­a Emma Molina, Monterrey, Mexico; and Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, New York.

Sophie Iremonger was Born in Ireland in 1983 and studied painting at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Since 2008 she has lived in Berlin and has exhibited widely in Europe and the U.S., including at Museum Quality, Brooklyn; Vegas Gallery, London; and WerkStadt, Berlin.

La MaMa Galleria 
47 Great Jones St 
NYC, NY 10012 

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