Jacques Cazaubon Seronde received his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and currently lives and works out of Flagstaff, Arizona. He moved back to Flagstaff just a few years ago and has established himself as an artist to watch. He is the driving force behind the new artist-operated project, MOCAF, Museum of Contemporary Art: Flagstaff. He produced two MOCAF exhibitions in 2014. Seronde’s work is powerful, vivid and rich.
How do you refract European Post-Impressionism through the expanse of the American West? Its elementary for Arizona based artist Jacques Cazaubon Seronde. Serdone creates works of unbridled color, free flowing form, and brushwork that references that of Cezanne, Van Gogh, or even Modernist painters like Hans Hoffman with his lose approach to composition. Seronde tempers that evocation of art historical genres with the visuality that the landscape of the American Southwest burns into the retina. His work evokes the wide open spaces and rugged vistas that comprise this region of the United States with inclusions of figural elements from still life to human form. Having formally trained both at the Laguna College of Art and Design and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Serdone has an imbricated education with which to draw from when working on his practice.
Description of Jacques exhibition Dust and Bones in 2013:
The exhibition, which opens July 19th and runs through September 30th, features Seronde in his first monograph exhibition. The American painter delves into the psyche of man’s place in the natural world and inspects the negation between urbanism, naturalism, consciousness and memory. Seronde’s upbringing in the American Southwest generates a major topic in his work. The strong impression of his home charges itself against experiences and travels the young artist has taken, creating a structure for which the artist constructs narrative and meaning. Having recently returning from a tour of Western Europe, Seronde absorbed the vastness of the art historical canon and refracts that experience through the prism of his past. The negotiation between European aesthetics and visuality and his return to his homeland creates a tension and groundwork for the new works created for Dust and Bone.
Works in the exhibition reference that of abstract expressionism, twining together the tropes of modernists such as Hans Hoffman and Robert Motherwell, and mixing them with the layered visuality of the American West. Blurring the line between figural and abstraction, still life and landscape, Seronde creates imbricated layers of meaning through the fluctuating modalities of his practice. He achieves a narrative that is deeply personal, implicit of his own evolution. The exhibition title Dust and Bone orients the viewer into the prevalent thematic of Seronde’s work, referencing the cyclical stages and patterns of life. Seronde notes, “I am working to retell the wordless stories of thoughts and dreams, nostalgia and a mapping of a series of personal marks”. The work has an incredible amount of ephemerality and phantasmagoric qualities, like dreams half remembered and futures not fully conceived.