SEMAPHORE

Discover the works of visual signals by Lauren Bakoian on paper and Jolie Stahl with clay

By Hudson Guild

Lauren Bakoian and Jolie Stahl have been active in the New York art world for decades. They both exhibited at Lori Bookstein Fine Art in New York where they first met. Lauren's primary practice has been works on paper for over 30 years. Jolie has been exhibiting paintings, mosaics and collages in New York and Rhode Island for over 40 years. This year they finally have the opportunity to exhibit together.

Semaphore 13 by Lauren Bakoian & Jolie StahlHudson Guild

Semaphore 2 by Lauren Bakoian & Jolie StahlHudson Guild

Signals

Semaphore is a technique for messaging through signals. Jolie and Lauren communicate through colors, forms, images, and materials.

Semaphore 4 by Lauren Bakoian & Jolie StahlHudson Guild

Semaphore 16, Lauren Bakoian & Jolie Stahl, From the collection of: Hudson Guild
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Semaphore 18Hudson Guild

Conversation

Jolie speaks with clay and glaze, Lauren with paper, pencil, ink and paint. The variations of forms create visual iconography.
 

Semaphore 15, Lauren Bakoian & Jolie Stahl, From the collection of: Hudson Guild
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Semaphore 17, Lauren Bakoian & Jolie Stahl, From the collection of: Hudson Guild
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Semaphore 5, Lauren Bakoian & Jolie Stahl, From the collection of: Hudson Guild
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Semaphore 7 by Lauren Bakoian & Jolie StahlHudson Guild

Semaphore 10 by Lauren Bakoian & Jolie StahlHudson Guild

Conception

Lauren’s drawings begin with a grid. Memories of needlework and rugs are influences. Jolie starts with a pinch pot or slab. A slab is enhanced by a carved image. Pots become vases, ginger jars, or bowls.

Semaphore 10 by Lauren Bakoian & Jolie StahlHudson Guild

The light from the candle which the woman holds illuminates her face and neck. The curtain is imprinted with a hydrangea leaf picked from Jolie's backyard in Rhode Island.

Semaphore 8, Lauren Bakoian & Jolie Stahl, From the collection of: Hudson Guild
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Semaphore 9, Lauren Bakoian & Jolie Stahl, From the collection of: Hudson Guild
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Semaphore 11 by Lauren Bakoian & Jolie StahlHudson Guild

Connection

Lauren uses layers of colors, shapes, and line which are reminiscent of khatchkars (memorial stones) and manuscript paintings from her Armenian heritage. Jolie often inscribes phrases from literary sources on her vessels, encouraging the viewer's gaze to linger.

Semaphore 12, Lauren Bakoian & Jolie Stahl, From the collection of: Hudson Guild
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Semaphore 14, Lauren Bakoian & Jolie Stahl, From the collection of: Hudson Guild
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Semaphore 1 by Lauren Bakoian & Jolie StahlHudson Guild

Credits: Story

This exhibit was created by Jim Furlong and Jolie Stahl, in conjunction with the exhibit Semaphore presented at Hudson Guild Gallery, March 17 - May 25, 2022

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Jolie Stahl
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