Monday, November 26, 2012
Edith Beaucage "Bidibidiba" at CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, California
The girl with "je ne sais quoi"...is Bidibidiba!
Bidibidiba, Edith Beaucage’s second CB1 Gallery exhibition is a figure of speech for love, pleasure, sentimentality, and fun...this is Bidibidiba! Bidibidiba is where characters are built with painting activation in mind. Multicolored brush strokes are used to build abstractions that are part of the figure. The imagery is built with paint that reverts the figure/ground conversation to a figure/figure construction by building what used to be "ground" onto the same plane as the figure so they can interact.
Edith Beaucage’s exhibition Bidibidiba consists of “idealistically” bound portraits of diverse characters including girls and philosophers, art students (both fictional and real), hipsters with mustaches, Egyptian girls, princesses, knights, dragons, musketeers, wigged women, bearded men, and dandies. They are sometimes in conversations or simply doing their jobs of being portraits and holding the paint together.
Bidibidiba, is the title song of the 1970 movie “L’ Homme Orchestre” (“The Orchestra Men”) with French comedian Louis De Funes. Specifically, the Bidibidiba dance within this comedy had the effect of molding a desire in the Beaucage for a modern and colorful life. Bidibidiba is light, entertaining, new, and full of sentimentality. Also influencing the artist is Roland Barthes who wrote Le Plaisir Du Texte (The Pleasure of the Text), a book he was hoping would influence other thinkers, philosophers and researchers to consider pleasure within the critical discourse. In a 1973 interview, Roland Barthes talks about his book and explains very simply that the notion of pleasure is on “the right”, attempting to convince his friends on “the left” that pleasure should not be dismissed and actually included into criticality. He later took on the subject of love in the same manner in 1977 with his book Fragments d’un Discours Amoureux (A Lovers Discourse).
Born in Canada, Edith Beaucage now lives and works in Los Angeles. She is a 2010 MFA graduate of Otis College of Art and Design, having studied at Palazzo Spinelli, Centro per L’arte e Il Restauro in Florence Italy and received her BA from Bishop’s University in Quebec, Canada. Her work is in many public and private collections including the collection of Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, CA.
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