THE CAFESJIAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS TWO NEW SCULPTURES

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16:03:52 - 30/09/2011

Two new bronze sculptures are presented on the open-air Khanjyan
terrace of the Cafesjian Center for the Arts (CCA) - The Visitor,
2011, by British artist David Breuer-Weil, especially commissioned
by Gerard L. Cafesjian for installation at the Cafesjian Center for
the Arts, and Carpe (Très Grande), created in 2000 by French artist
Francois-Xavier Lalanne.

The two sculptures expand the impressive selection of monumental
sculptures installed at the Cafesjian Sculpture Garden and the
Cafesjian Center for the Arts, already listing such major names in
contemporary art as Fernando Botero, Jaume Plensa, Barry Flanagan
and Lynn Chadwick. Part of the Gerard L Cafesjian Collection, the
sculptures' installation on the Cascade is in keeping with Mr.

Cafesjian's suggested placement of the works in relation to one
another.

David Breuer-Weil is a British sculptor, born in London in 1965. The
Visitor is the first monumental sculpture produced by the artist
that compliments a new series of bronzes created by Breuer-Weil. The
Visitor may be seen as an island of humanity, allowing the viewer's
imagination to suggest the presence of the rest of the figure. The
artist's fingerprints are enlarged to massive proportions on the
surface, enhancing the emotive appeal of the work.

Francois-Xavier Lalanne (1927 - 2008) began his artistic career in
Montparnasse, where he painted landscapes and portraits.

Francois-Xavier's sculptures play deliberately on the absurd.

Proportion is exaggerated, whilst contours and details are simplified.

Uncanny in their scale and context, such overwhelming bronze sculptures
as Carpe (Très Grande) provide no apparent representation of nature,
but, rather of literature as though displaced from the narratives of
a fairytale. Francois-Xavier's bestiary is light-hearted, owing little
to preconception and almost everything to the element of surprise.