Sophie DeFrancesca in Phantasmagoria

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Phantasmagoria is an exhibit featuring work by Sophie DeFrancesca. It will be featured at the Lausberg Contemporary Gallery from June 11 – July 19, 2009.

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Inspired by the icon dresses of the twentieth century Sophie De Francesca’s figurative sculptures are crafted in such a way that implies the production of ornament and fabric at the same time. Sheathes of galvanized wire mesh are transformed into ethereal confections that transcend the hard, commonplace materials they are made from. A provocative evocation of the female subject, De Franscesca’s work locates a maternal and sexual female identity by probing the conventional understanding of gender and sexuality.

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I was able to see a preview of some of Sophie’s work at the Brose Fall Winter 2009 – 2010 preview. Her work is just phenomenal.

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Phantasmagoria – June 11 – July 19, 2009
Lausberg Contemporary Gallery
880 Queen Street West
Toronto
416 516 44 40
toronto@galerie-lausberg.com

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By Anita Clarke

Anita Clarke is an Engineering Storyteller and the founder of the fashion blog “I want – I got.” She was one of the first and most prominent online fashion writers in Toronto and Canada.

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  1. BRIAN TORNER CO DIRECTOR OF LC THANKING Y O U (!!!!) GEEKGIRL FOR YOUR KIND POST!
    HAPPY TO SEE YOU AND VISITORS TO YOUR SITE AT THE GALLERY FOR PHANTASMAGORIA PRIDE
    AT LAUSBERG CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY THIS WEEKEND!

    Lausberg Contemporary is pleased to present our much-anticipated summer ’09 show, PHANTASMAGORIA, featuring Toronto artist Sophie DeFrancesca and Swiss artist Marc Rembold. Together, they work to connect the pillars of fashion, design and contemporary art in complementary style. Against a backdrop of the sophisticated, shiny, minimally “Rothko-esque” colour field pigment prints on diasec of Rembold, DeFrancesca’s lush wire mesh gowns inspired by iconic dresses of the 20th century invite a reflection of the changing perceptions of women today. Lausberg Contemporary is proud that PHANTASMAGORIA will mark the unveiling of DeFrancesca’s new colour sculptural gowns and creatures of wonder.

    PHANTASMAGORIA PRIDE performances break the visual familiarity of the white cube that is Lausberg Contemporary into an improvisational theatre space that integrates the work of Canadian/German artist and designer Nancy E. Watt. Watt explores sustainable solutions from the archives of NEW Organic – the eco-logical textile initiative created in Toronto beginning in 1992. Staging multi disiplinary dancers from the Joy of Dance Acedemy, Watt pays homage to the June 20th Society, the group that the late Harold Pinter founded in London with his friend Samuel Beckett who created the “Theatre of the Absurd”. The event starts with WINDOW DANCE – individual dancers appearing in 30 minute increments in the Lausberg Contemporary front window on Friday, June 19th from 3-9 p.m. The MAIN PHANTASMAGORIA PRIDE EVENT will follow with all dancers in the gallery space on June 20th from 7-8 pm.

    Get PHANTASMAGORIA‘d until July 19th, 2009.

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