Billowing Beauty
An Installation
By Anne Ferrer
With Carol Worthey
Curated by Edward Rubin
May 13 – June 3rd

The LAB (for installation + performance art) is pleased to present Paris based artist Anne Ferrer in her first exhibition in New York City. Rooted in the her experience of foreignness and the absence of an inherent sense of home, Anne’s nomadic, sensorial sculpture is an organically inspired installation that is transportable in a suitcase. Edward Rubin, the curator of Billowing Beauty, describes it as “a lush and sensuous, sensitive and bold, mysteriously animated, Parisian soufflé”. Comprised of five exuberantly colored, giant, hand-sewn modules; the installation, breathes, grows, and evolves in slow motion, to the ‘lighter than air’ music of Los Angeles based composer Carol Worthey. This ‘live ballet’ brings a continuous element of chaos, surprise and joy, like a floating bubble, or a shimmering shrine, to one of the busiest avenues in New York City.

Anne Ferrer who lives and works in Paris comes from a Catalan family and has grown up in small rural town in south France. She has studied in the US, receiving her BFA from Oklahoma University and her MFA from Yale (1988). Ferrer has shown at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2002), the Centre Pompidou (2005), France, the Blue Star, San Antonio Texas (2009), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1996), the Ho Ham Museum in Seoul, la Casa de Americas in Madrid, the French Institute in Rome and Naples, etc, and has recently built a monumental installation for the Dumbo Art Festival in Brooklyn. She has collaborated with Perfumers (International Flavors and Fragrances) as well as pastry chef Jean Paul Hevin, for her multi-sensorial sculptures. Ferrer is currently busy preparing a show for this summer at Chateau d’Avignon, France.

Composer Carol Worthey combines elements of classical, jazz and world music into an expressive, playful mix that soars and breathes with life and color. Inspired by family friend Leonard Bernstein Carol began composing at three and a half and had a piano work performed in Carnegie Hall when she was ten. Mentored by the likes of Darius Milhaud, Vincent Persichetti, Walter Piston and Otto Luening, she won First Prize in Composition at Columbia and expanded her dimensions at a jazz/arranging school. Her award winning music has been heard in England, Italy, France, Germany, China, Japan, Mexico, Canada, and throughout the United States. She lives in Los Angeles where she is writing a book on the art of composing.

Edward Rubin, writer, curator, and artists, lives in New York City. His writings on art, culture, and entertainment, appear regularly in such publications as ArtNexus, ArtUS, D’art International, Flash Art, Hispanic Outlook, NYArts and Sculpture Magazines, as well as online at Artes Magazine, Huma3, and NY Theatre Wire. His photographs and collages have been exhibited at the Contemporary Art Museum in Baltimore, Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and at numerous New York City galleries. Currently, his work, part of a group exhibition titled NYC/International Perspectives, has been traveling throughout Germany, Hungary, France and Russia. It opens this June at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art under the title New York – Then and Now. Rubin is on the boards of the International Association of Art Critics, and the American Theatre Critics Association. He is also a member of the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and PEN America Center.

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