Opening Reception for OUT’SIGHT: Paintings by Sylvain Malfroy-Camine

Sylvain Malfroy-Camine,
Sylvain Malfroy-Camine, "Fog," 2017
Event Start Date: August 06, 2017 - 6 p.m.
Event End Date: August 06, 2017 - 8 p.m.
Event Type: Open to public
Location: University Hall, 1st Floor, University Hall Gallery

About the Exhibition

“OUT’SIGHT” is partly the work of Sylvain Malfroy-Camine’s honors project in his final year as an undergraduate student at UMass Boston, and partly work produced as a result of his journey to Venice and Europe this summer as recipient of the Ruth Butler Scholarship. This painting series is an investigation of the subjective experience of location. With context blocked out, the only reference to specific location is in how the site-specific light is evidenced in the sitter’s features. This notion of surfaces within the painting, however, is fiercely challenged by the frequent use of obstructions over the eyes of the self-portrait. There is no location, there is only a record of it.

From the Artist

When children are still very young, they are constantly learning how to negotiate the physical world. A game of peek-a-boo can be great fun, maybe because to a small child, it is not clear what exists behind the hider’s tricky hands. In stride with this innocent sense for absence, these paintings challenge illusion and what happens to an image (a self portrait), when its most expressive elements are no longer visible. In most of these paintings, the artist, a white male in three-quarters portrait pose, is ‘de-centralized’ by interruptions of abstract shapes; and while there is a violence in that juxtaposition, the prevailing notion is not of self-destruction, but of self-effacement.


The artist would like to thank his honors project committee who are: Profs. Victoria Weston, Elizabeth Marran, and Christopher Schade. Thanks also to Samuel Toabe, Manuela DaCosta, Carol Scollans, Lorenzo Buonanno, and a special thanks to Ruth Butler.

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