September 15th, 2010 by Leo Plaw

Playing With Fire – Exhibition – Heidi Taillefer

Heidi Tallefer

Heidi Tallefer

Heidi Taillefer’s solo exhibition at the Michael Berger Gallery, Playing with Fire, is a painterly fusion of imagination, mythology and technology, all the while giving a nod to the baroque. These fantastical paintings and drawings are both macabre and beautiful in their execution and content.

Taillefer’s work is an exploration of the human condition in the 21st century. She culls mythological motifs with a baroque sensibility. This approach allows her to create works that are sensual, technical and at times clinical. Within these works, she investigates how nature and technology can fuse together to create a tension that is both beautiful and horrible.

The Montreal-based Taillefer envisions mermaids, goddesses, cherubim, plants and animals distorted by the disruption of one organic structure by another, or the organic supplanted by the mechanical. Machine parts intermingle within the anatomies of her figures, revealing a complex narrative in which the body acts as a metaphor for our intensely complex world.

Taillefer was introduced to Pittsburgh audiences last year, in MBG’s East Meets West group exhibition. In addition to the works on view in the gallery space, also on exhibit is the Infiniti G37 Coupe “Ligozzi,” a sports car handpainted by Taillefer to commemorate the model’s 20thanniversary, as well as the 25th anniversary of Cirque du Soleil.

25 September – 18 December 2010

Michael Berger Gallery
30 South Sixth Street on Pittsburgh’s Historic South Side
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


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