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Roseline Delisle

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Install_6The opening reception for Roseline Delisle last Saturday was a bittersweet moment for the gallery. It had the feeling of a reunion, as friends and family of Roseline and her husband, Bruce Cohen, filled the space. Spanning two decades of her career, the sixteen works on display demonstrate Roseline’s commitment to her aesthetic vision – they grow larger but maintain her characteristic precision and elegance.

Vertical vessels, composed of stacked cylinders that interlock seamlessly, Roseline’s work is almost mechanical in its exactitude. A strict color palette of blue, black, and white is made infinitely variable through her use of horizontal striping. Yet for all its austerity, her work never crosses over into the severe, as her forms refer to the figure. With foot, body, waist, and head, her vessels have a human presence. When installed in groups, these figures form families.

Roseline’s belief in the power of a beautifully designed form ties her work to that of Kasimir Malevich and Oskar Schlemmer, whom she cited as important influences. Her work feels as fresh and modern now as it did when it was made.

In a 1999 interview with Kristine McKenna, Install_8Roseline reflected on the trajectory of her work, saying that:

It never occurred to me that my career would last this long, but I was recently struck by the fact that I’ve spent the last 29 years perfecting a specific idea. When I ask myself how I’ve stayed with it for so long, I remember a dream I had many years ago. I dreamed I was walking down a long road and that the road was my work. The sun was setting at the end of the road, and all I had to do to get to this exquisite sunset was keep walking.


Written by Frank Lloyd

March 11, 2014 at 10:51 pm

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  1. I wish we had been able to be there with you all. The exhibition looks absolutely stunning.

    Jennifer Lee

    March 11, 2014 at 11:26 pm

  2. Yes, the exhibit is stunning, precise, and graphic. I am surprised at the number of works that we were able to gather, and the range of the forms that we have to survey. You and Jake would have been a welcome addition to the opening–or, as you say in London, “private view.”

    Frank Lloyd

    March 11, 2014 at 11:32 pm

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