17 Views Cutouts
17 cutout views of the J.R. Line, Tokyo
by Frédéric Lère
After 17 views in watercolor and 17 views in oil, I develop each view of the JR Line, Tokyo, in three dimensions.
Foregrounds and backgrounds are separated, painted on canvas, cut along their silhouette and stretched on wood. A few figures or details are isolated and highlighted with their own cut outs. The views placed side by side recall the old 19th century Dioramas. I call them in French “Planches Dessinées”.
Parades of the Frivolous King Lère Show
They started with a fund raising for the Big Apple Circus “Clown Care” program at the Mayson Gallery in Manhattan, January 2014, with a model of a first parade exposed in its windows. Developed as a proposal for a mural in a first store of Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT), “Parade on Times Square”. A second proposal was then developed for a second store in PABT, “Right Now”. “Right Now” is meant to be pasted, as the old-fashioned circus posters, directly on the iron curtain of a closed Ice Cream store. It states: “The Frivolous King Lère Show presents: RIGHT NOW, RN on Fashion Avenue, RN in the Garment District”. It shows a series of seven vignettes repeated twice, as in a mirror. On the left side of the mural, all the vignettes show circus acts seen from the front. On the right side, the opposite vignettes show the same circus acts seen from the back, with slight transformations.
In the first half of the 20th century, huge advertisings announcing the coming of a circus were posted on the main thoroughfares of American cities. PABT would have been one of those thoroughfares if it existed then. Today, circuses are no more advertised this way… Hence the name of this project, “Right Now”: this yesterday is no more and won’t happen tomorrow. “Right now” is just the time passed by the PABT traveler to wonder in front of the improbable circus acts described by that poster. “Right now” is where the reader is, in the Garment District.
No need to rush to 7th Avenue and 39th Street to catch a glimpse of the acrobats playing with the Big Button Kiosk, “Right Now” is already past…
The seven vignettes have been developed in 3D models, 10″ high, oil painted in wood.
Joining the parade, two zebras contribute to the debate: black with white stripes or vice-versa?
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