Georges Bergès Gallery is pleased to announce Paper Dolls, a Richard Lazes’ solo exhibition featuring a series of unique sculptures that connect the timeless aesthetics of antiquity with a modern interpretation.
During centuries of political censorship countless of sculptural masterpieces were tragically decapitated. Although headless, their bodies remain completely intact. During Lazes’ extensive study of these ancient masterworks, he marveled at the depth of expression and emotion conveyed exclusively through the statues’ bodies. Paper Dolls is inspired by these partially destroyed sculptures from antiquity. The series captures the tension, power, and emotion of the human body.
Lazes has perfected his sculpture-making process through years of development. He masterfully molds lifelike curves and contours of the human body. Instead of marble or stone, Lazes’ sculptures are created through a complex process of painting and molding plexiglass, making his work particularly unique. Adding a modern element, his figures are adorned with outfits reminiscent of the popular paper dolls from the 1950’s, including their distinctive white tabs with contemporary fashion. However, unlike the original, Lazes’ paper dolls are dressed with diaphanous haute couture fashions and lingerie which combine childhood playthings with adult fantasies. Richard Lazes brilliantly bridges the past and the present through this provocative interpretation of the classics.