We are very pleased to announce the representation of a long time friend and admired artist, Annette Lemieux. As a collector of her work in the late Eighties, Lemieux was recognized as one of the younger generation of feminist artists with an ironic conceptual predisposition. The subject of a recent mid-career survey and illuminating publication, The Strange Life of Objects, Lemieux continues to probe the depths of personal experience and iconographic image making.

 

Emerging during a generation of "picture theory" artists (David Salle, Jack Goldstein, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Richard Prince), Lemieux brought to the studio a discipline equally based on introspection, and the manifestations of an ideological minimalism. Process is a key component in the execution of her works over the past three decades, creating the lure to the confrontation of issues of social and historical urgency.  

 

Since her early work, It's a Wonderful Life Lemieux has incorporated narrative in the form of self-doubt, personal vulnerability, along with an awareness of the absurdist political/religious/economic histories we accumulate as a civilization in a never-ending current.  Following the legacies of Rauschenberg and Cage, she works to narrow the gap between "art" and "life."  Resisting the traps of a "signature style," Lemieux's work surprises us, challenges her audience to keep up, and resists the conformity of the brand.  As stated by Peggy Phelan, "For Lemieux, the art object offers her thoughts and feelings a way to travel . . . Art is her way of responding, both publicly and intimately, to the ongoing predicament of our lives."

 

For further information and images, please contact Douglas Walla (dkw@kentfineart.net)