Annabelle Arlie

Des Caresses ou l’Art
ou le Sphinx

March 24 - April 2, 2016

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Press Release

Whitcher Projects is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Annabelle Arlie. It is the artist’s first solo presentation.

Annabelle Arlie's work speaks to the complex temporality of humankind. She assembles contemporary cultural objects with artisanal, primitive ones in a manner that can collectively reference the Totem—engaging the concept of a prior belief or symbol that has been reconstituted in an updated context and allowed to assume new meanings and significances as a result. These assemblages speak to the paradoxical nature of human existence and abide by what is sometimes referred to as the riddle of the Sphinx: "What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon and three at night?” Oedipus answered: "Man: as an infant, he crawls on all fours; as an adult, he walks on two legs; in old age, he uses a 'walking' stick."


Annabelle Arlie (b.1986) currently lives and works in Tarbes, France. Arlie received her MFA from the École Supérieure d’art des Pyrénées – Site de Tarbes in 2015. Arlie’s recent two-person exhibitions include Temporary Arrangement, Glassbox, Paris; Connecting Flight, Espace 29, Bordeaux; Mémoire Flash, SUN 7, Bordeaux. Recent group shows include Only Lovers, Le Coeur, Paris; Jeune Création, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Pantin, Paris; Safety Net, Erratum Gallery, Berlin; Athletic Valentin, Galerie Valentin, Paris. Des Caresses ou l’Art ou le Sphinx is Arlie's first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, CA following her residency at Whitcher Projects.

Installation view


Installation view


Installation view


Installation view

Bain de Soleil
2016
Just Relax Zero Gravity chair and soaps
28 x 54 x 52 inches


Talk To Me About Your Experience
2016
Crutches and Soaps
3.5 x 19.5 x 54 inches


Talk To Me About Your Experience
2016
Crutches and Soaps
3.5 x 19.5 x 54 inches


Talk To Me About Your Experience
2016
Crutches and soaps
3.5 x 19.5 x 54 inches


Natural Spray
2016
Eau de toilette, glasses, make-up sponge
6 x 7.5 x 8.5 inches


I See You
2016
Webcam and artisanal cane
2 x 4 x 38 inches


How are you?
2016
Sneakers, Plexiglass, and photo album
13.5 x 12.5 x 26.5 inches


How are you? (detail)
2016
Sneakers, Plexiglass, and photo album
13.5 x 12.5 x 26.5 inches


Indian Moods
2016
Wooden ventilator blades, Tiger Woods calendar
34.5 x 33 inches


Elephant Trunk
2016
African stool and Diesel sneakers
13 x 56 x 34 inches


Dreams Are My Reality
2016
Iron, soap, Hawaiian canoe
10 x 48 x 21 inches


Plasticine
2016
Wooden hands and landscape photo book
4 x 40 x 11.5 inches

Homosapien Body
2016
Laptop table and National Geographic picture
10 x 22..5 x 25 inches


Sculpture
2016
Mirror on stand and a Life Magazine
8 x 9.5 x 66.5 inches