This Saturday, May 31st, The Happy Lion in Los Angeles will have an opening reception for their next exhibition, Los Angeles-based artist Rachelle Rojany‘s Body of Work. Rojany has shown her work in several group exhibitions across the U.S. and in Europe. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and has studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna and the University of Bologna. In 2009, she will create a site-specific installation for the Delaware State Park.
In Body of Work, the artist displays sculptures modeled from body parts to create an immersive installation that combines materials such as bronze, brass, wood, and sound. A faint soundtrack of owls and the music of Leonard Cohen accompanies the exhibition. Rojany enhances her unique formal language with metaphorical and layered meanings. In Mileft, Rojany playfully addresses the idioms “walking a mile in someone else’s shoes” and “two left feet” in a sculpture composed of two leather boots, both for left feet, thus making the impossible possible. There is a mirror in one corner, making the viewer aware of their own corporeal presence in the piece. While a sense of humor is pervasive throughout the exhibition, a feeling of dispersion is perceived due to the bodily fragments and the nature of the installation.
Body of Work will be on display at The Happy Lion until July 5, 2008.