Berlin-based Val�rie Favre is having her first US solo show this month at Susanne Vielmetter in Los Angeles. Favre’s ongoing series of “Lapine” paintings blend art-historical references with mythological figures and subjective experiences, weaving together thickly-painted narratives at once bizarre and mysterious. “Lapine” is a French play on words that refers to the paintbrush as a female penis (“la pine”) and to the rabbit-woman that repeatedly appears in her paintings. Favre says the rabbit-woman is both her self-proclaimed alter ego and an emblematic logo. With a background in theater, Favre builds dream-like mise en scenes that compile stories from film-like sequences and scenes. Favre is currently preparing solo exhibitions at the Museum Carr�e d’Art, N�mes, France, and at the Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland.
“Val�rie Favre,” Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA. Through Jan. 31.
Like a whimsical, small-scale version of Cecily Brown.