IDLE IDOL   opens Oct. 15th 6-8pm 2015

Magali Hebert-Huot and Jacob Fossum


Idle Idol

St. Charles is thrilled to announce that we are opening our doors for our inaugural exhibition Idle Idol featuring recent works of Jacob Fossum and Magali Hébert-Huot. Coined from Fossum's still lives, “Idle Idol” is about monolithic symbolized apparitions pacified by material labor.

Beginning at formal comparisons Jacob and Magali have uncanny overlap in the color, form, and arrangements within their studio projects. The works seem like they are from the same wheelhouse yet arrive in very different material and labor. For these two artists the works chosen are loosely crafted on iconography and tropes that appear universal yet with further inspection hold clues to very unique personal poetics about place, ideology, and ancestry.

Jacob Fossum is currently living and working in Hudson New York constructing still lives with rocks, origami paper crystals, mirrors, and statues. These concoctions speak of conjuring the unknown, mystic power, and human spirit in the cosmos. This recent work has residues of religious mythos, space travel, and album cover art. Also in Jacob’s repertoire are glass-like glaze paintings depicting sheets with folded patterns capturing cascading light sources. The veil as an allegory implies truth seeking.

Magali Hébert-Huot is a Québec City native currently working in Baltimore building an array of sculptural props that speak within counterpoints such as minimalist fantasies vs. stage design practicality, construction heft vs. delicate temporality of material, and neo-classical architectural vs. 80’s color codes. Magali hones plywood, wood paneling, stucco, expanding foam, rubber, and wax into fine edged objects. The sculptures echo the rhetoric of historic ruins with subversive material, color, and scale shifts. Surreal and virtual in their reality, these forms hint to another life as a beaver trapper, or lumberjack logger.

Jacob Fossum is an artist and teacher who was born in Missouri and grew up in New Jersey, Georgia, Argentina and Utah and currently resides in Hudson NY. Jacob received his BFA from Utah State University and his MFA from The Hoffberger School of Painting at The Maryland Institute College of Art. He has completed residencies in Iceland and Ireland and is currently the Faculty for Painting and Drawing at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

Magali Hébert-Huot is originally from Québec City and currently residing in Baltimore. After studying visual arts at Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy, Magali completed her BFA at Emily Carr University in 2012. She completed her MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art - Rinehart School of Sculpture 2014. She has recently shown at Open Space in Baltimore and LACDA in Los Angeles as well as various exhibitions in DC, Philadelphia and Montreal. She is the 2015 recipient of the ISC Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award.