Sofitel Lafayette Square will debut New York artist Sonya Sklaroff‚s "American Perspectives" art exhibit as a one-woman show in the elegant, lobby-level Pre-Function room April 24th. The exhibit will be on display in the Sofitel's ground-level windows overlooking 15th and H streets as well as throughout the hotel through August 2003. The installation of "American Perspectives" at the Sofitel Lafayette Square is part of Sofitel North America's Art Program, an initiative designed to enhance the prestigious hotel brand's reputation as a cultural center where global traditions are celebrated.
The exhibit represents the hotel‚s unique "art de vivre à la française" by combining French culture with the American heritage so prevalent in Washington, D.C. "American Perspectives" brings a suburban perspective to Sofitel Lafayette Square‚s Art Deco-inspired décor designed by Parisian Pierre-Yves Rochon. Sklaroff‚s paintings add a familiar vision to the hotel‚s ambience, reflected in the hotel‚s collection of U.S. and French artwork displayed throughout the property.
"American Perspectives" portrays Sklaroff‚s focus on everyday elements such as telephone wires found in the landscape, and celebrates their extraordinary and often overlooked charm. "I am constantly aware of the visual world around me and find a particular fascination for aspects and rhythms of the landscape that are not perceived as quintessentially beautiful," the New York based artist says. "I often find that what is most elemental and powerful in the world is the beauty existing in the mundane."
Sklaroff's oil-on-wood paintings were inspired by her adoration of New England and were created in homage to the region‚s landscapes. Each depiction of the rural countryside is not a typical landscape painting. Rather, the remarkable beauty, alluring strength and character of Sklaroff‚s compositions arise from her surprising portrayal of the mundane aspects of rural settings.
The Sofitel Lafayette Square will exhibit Sklaroff‚s narrative of vision free of charge through August 2003. G&O Art, a New York City based art representative and promotional agency , is the curator of the Art Program and of the exhibit and will launch a dedicated online page at www.goartonline.com, for the duration of the show.