INSIDE THE AMAZING WORLD OF JEFF LADOUCEUR AT ZIEHER SMITH GALLERY, NYC
One of our favorite young artists and part-time Canadian (try not to hold it against him), Jeff Ladouceur is a master of conjuring bizarre & fantastic imaginary worlds with only a pencil and paper. His new exhibition, “Amen,” at NYC’s Zieher Smith Gallery is a powerhouse show of fantastic imagery, revealing his cartoony, surrealistic scenes populated by ridiculously entertaining characters. He’s even achieved the near-impossible and gotten the nod from the NYTimes, whose critic Ken Johnson writes: “With a finely pointed pen in black ink and a meticulous touch, this Vancouver-based artist draws cartoons about a bald, long-nosed, sad-sack of a character called ‘Schmo.’ Our hero’s struggles with ordinary existence and surrealistic encounters with cloud-creatures, tiny elephants, octopi, and an abominable snowman are funny, weird, and touching.” Of course, revealing what it all means would spoil the fun. The most our resident Maple Leaf is willing to divulge about his artistic motivation is as cryptic as the work itself: “I’m not making a comment; it’s more like an emotional snapshot, little scenes. It’s just coming from the back of my head to my fingers, and then at times, there is an idea or disjointed narrative, but that’s open to interpretation. I keep mine to myself.”
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