Show Gallery presents Les Amoureuses, a collective project in which the artists - Olivia Fougeirol, Francesca Gabbiani, Marie Peter-Toltz, Joséphine Wister Faure - come together and explore the subject of love as it resonates with them as female artists and mothers who chose Los Angeles as their muse.
Olivia’s photographs are documents of her life and experiences from her perspective as a stranger in Los Angeles. She engages with things foreign to her in a continuation of her past work as a theater actor; simultaneously observing the facade and exploring what is behind it. She is currently experimenting with stitching, sculpture, and ceramic.
Francesca uses the notion of landscape as a way to question perception through a unique and almost impossible method of organizing chaos. There is a sensuality in the way the image breaks apart and reassembles in the viewer’s eye. A complex push and pull puzzle occurs and creates a mood that is both disorienting and yet completely comfortable in its existence.
Marie sees the potency of sensuality through the medium of oil painting and its flesh-like texture. The act itself gives way to the abandonment of preconceived notions, and results in an unforeseen explosion of both the bold and the baroque.
Joséphine invokes spirits and questions the mechanisms of perception. Her aim is to capture the ethereal and illusion that are present in art, seizing that instant where you experience a double-take and question the magic in a piece, and, in turn, your own reality.
About the Artists
Olivia Fougeirol is a French photographer who lives and works in Los Angeles. She has a background in the performing arts, and for the past ten years has worked as a photographer on documentary and feature films. Fougeirol has shot for numerous films including Foxcatcher, West of Memphis, and Janis: Little Girl Blue. She has exhibited her work at Keystone Gallery, Gallery 8633, and the Sundance Film Festival.
Francesca Gabbiani is a French artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. She has a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from UCLA. Prior to receiving her degree from UCLA, she studied at Rijkskademie can Beeldende Kunsten (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and at the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts (Geneva, Switzerland). Gabbiani has had solo exhibitions at Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York City), Patrick Painter, and Monica De Cardena (Milan, Italy). Gabbiani’s work has been exhibited extensively both in the US and abroad, including the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Geneva, Switzerland), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Modern Art (New York City). Her work is held in public collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Modern Art (New York City).
Marie Peter-Toltz is a French artist, who lives and works in Los Angeles. Peter-Toltz is represented by Slag Gallery (New York City), Nanda/ Hobbs (Sydney, Australia), and BMG Art (Adelaide, Australia). Peter-Toltz has a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the New York Studio School. She was a recipient of the New York Studio School Scholarship, the Concordia Award, the LCU Award for Women and the Artist Award from the University of California (Santa Barbara). She has exhibited in Australia, France and in the US. Her work is held in private collections in the US and internationally.
Joséphine Wister Faure
Joséphine Wister Faure is French-American artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. She has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts (Paris). She has had exhibitions in Paris at the Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Le Plateau and the Centre Pompidou, in Los Angeles at the Torrance Art Museum. Her work has been shown in Italy, Germany, China, and the United States and is held in private collections.