Tell Me When We See Each Other Again

© Courtesy of Sophie Larrimore and cadet capela
© Credits photo: Thomas Marroni

Sophie Larrimore

June 8 — July 20, 2024

13 rue Béranger, 75003 Paris

cadet capela is pleased to present “Tell Me When We See Each Other Again,” the first solo exhibition in France by American artist Sophie Larrimore.

This new exhibition by Sophie Larrimore is a continuation of her painting practice, characterized by the importance given to the rhythm and repetition of forms and the creation of a world in which humans and animals coexist harmoniously within a lush flora.

By playing with the “kitsch” aspect of animal painting, Sophie Larrimore questions our relationship with artworks and good taste. Thus, by giving equal formal and pictorial importance to her human and canine protagonists, Sophie Larrimore explores what she calls the parameters of form: 

For me, painting is primarily concerned with composition and form. The subject, though important and with its own history, is really a starting point, a way of beginning. Ultimately, painting is just that, painting. As the forms in my work have become more stylized, my interest has shifted to the shapes created, the color relationships, the surface, the edges, and the tension between flat and illusionistic space. The forms of the dogs are a way to begin; I usually have an idea of what the final work will be, but it is always changing as I move through it.

Inspired by medieval illuminations and Renaissance paintings, the artist pays remarkable attention to details, whether it be pebble paths, delicately hatched trees, or plants. Her characters, seemingly returning to a primary state in connection with nature, are statue-like in landscapes with complex patterns.

In the manner of devotional paintings, Sophie Larrimore’s paintings and drawings are presented as architectural objects. The frame creates a space around the painting, allowing it to exist: “The frames are not an extension of the work but a container. They indicate the devotional nature of the painting and focus the viewer’s attention on it.”

The artist works directly with acrylic on raw linen, giving Sophie Larrimore’s works a fossilized quality, with forms embedded directly in the very fibers of the canvas.

The ambiguous title of the exhibition, “Tell Me When We See Each Other Again,” evokes both a question and a promise, placing her works in a fluctuating temporality. Are we witnessing a past age? A future dream? Larrimore wants to leave the doubt lingering and invites us to enter a universe where everything is uncertain.

Sophie Larrimore (born in Annapolis, MD in 1980) received her BFA from The Cooper Union in 2004. She has participated in numerous exhibitions, including a two-person show in the spring of 2021 at Situations, New York, and group shows (2021) at Jack Hanley, New York, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, and The Pit, Los Angeles.