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Bruno & Julian LaVerdiere
Metaphysical Monuments: 
Familial Iconography, Sculpture & Drawings from Father & Son

January 17 - February 20
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 17, 4 - 6- pm
This event is FREE and open to the public.

Throughout his long career Bruno LaVerdiere has been inspired by historic architectural spaces, places and monuments. In recent years he has focused on the simple shape of a house, recreating this modest form in a variety of media, including clay and encaustic paintings. Bruno says: “For the past thirty years or so my ideas come from historic sites such as monuments, temples, and shrines. They are generally architectural in nature. Working from these structures or their accessories, I created work that is minimal in nature, and evokes a meditative response from the viewer. It does not have religious intent, but evolves from a hidden ritual that is surrounded by the sense that it is holy or sacred… What stayed with me the most was the house form, the home; the universal shape. All over the world people recognize it immediately. It’s just a little pointy structure, which was meant for many purposes in history I suppose: homes, barns, storage places, temples, churches, etc. Those became my work... I’ve been working with it for ten years now. And I can’t let go of it.”

Julian LaVerdiere
makes magical, edgy objects that instantly grab attention yet abound in subtexts, exploring where history, science, and commerce commingle with art.  Julian says: “As I grew up, I recognized that my primary references had been gathered from the cinema and television. My judgment was shaped by The Day After, Dr. Strangelove, Road Warrior, Blade Runner, and Carl Sagan’s Cosmos… The mad scientist was the anti-hero I modeled myself after. I am still fascinated by those types of infamous characters and was completely seduced and spellbound by the movie magic of big-budget, special effects films... I have modeled myself as a fusion of novice mad scientist/historian and absent-hearted inventor, where on one hand I’m trying to catalogue the strategies and techniques of seduction and control, and on the other, I’m examining the way in which we as consumers exhibit a willing suspension of disbelief and manifest historical fictions to grant our own peace of mind.”

Bruno LaVerdiere
studied at the Art Students League from 1965 to 1967.  He was a monk and resident artist at St. Martin's Abbey in Washington State from 1955 to 1969. Bruno has taught at Rochester Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, Ohio State University, New York University, Greenwhich House Pottery, Claremont Graduate Schools, and the University of Gorgia in Catona Italy, and locally at SUNY Adirondack and Skidmore College. His work is in many private and public collections, including the American Craft Museum, NYC, Columbus Museum of Art, Everson Museum of Art, and the J. Patrick Lannan Foundation. In both 1976 and 1990 he received Artist's Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Individual Artist's Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 1987.  He lives and works on Hadley, NY.

Julian LaVerdiere
earned his BFA in 1993 from The Cooper Union for the advancement of Science and Art and his MFA from the Graduate School of Art, Yale University in 1995. In 1996 he founded a production design company, Julian LaVerdiere Design Ltd, to conceive and engineer elaborate environments, sets, and special effects for print advertising, public events, commercial television, and feature films. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums including The Tang Museum, Deitch Projects, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, MOCA Miami, MOCA Cleveland, PSI/MOMA, the United Nations, and the Library of Congress. In September 2001, LaVerdiere and Paul Myoda collaborated, along with a team of architects and public art organizations including Creative Time and the Municipal Arts Society, to create Tribute in Light, a light memorial for the victims of the World Trade Center collapse. Tribute in Light has since become an annual installation.

This exhibition is funded in part by The Sherwood Group and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. The Courthouse Gallery hours during exhibitions are Tuesday through Friday 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 12 – 4 pm, and all other times by appointment. The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets, Lake George, NY.

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