Artists are fascinating. Think about how they create something with their hands, whether it is a painting, a sculpture, a piece of writing or an installation that comes from deep in their souls and minds and then put it out for the entire world to see and critique. Think about how each piece they create takes on a different meaning for every person that sees it. Think about how each piece they create leaves a part of themselves in that creation for the world to enjoy. And, think about the need they have to create. Laurent Boccara was one of those artists that was fascinating. Not just with the works he has created, but the life that he lived.
Laurent Boccara was born a Tunisian Jew. When he was 7 years old, his family moved to France, where he spent his formative years. Boccara was an avid reader and spent two years at the Sorbonne studying Law and Journalism, before he decided that he wanted to travel and see the world. He ended up in Israel, and sitting at a cafe one day, he met an Archaeologist and it changed his life forever.
This Archaeologist became his mentor, and he recruited Laurent to go with him on Temple digs, which he participated in for the next five years. But, that wasn’t what changed his life, although it did influence his art. The Archaeologist was a collage artist, and encouraged Laurent to start collaging, and that is what started Laurent down the path becoming an artist.
For the next 10 years, Laurent Boccara was a jack of all trades. He was a chef, a graphic designer, a collagist and an archaeologist. He had made Houston his home, and he became interested in Photography. Wanting to pursue his art to a greater degree, Laurent applied to a masters program and was accepted, but he never got a certificate or diploma, because although he finished all the masters course work, he didn’t have an undergraduate degree so he wasn’t eligible to receive a diploma. Laurent didn’t care about the diploma though, he cared about the learning.
Laurent was meticulous and particular in the way he did things. He journaled regularly and he practiced his art daily. He was full of life, loved a good argument, was very French in his ways, noticed the smallest of details and died way too young of an aneurism at the age of 52, leaving behind a loving wife and step-daughter.
The art of Laurent Boccara is spiritual in nature and contemporary to the eye. He liked to explore the surface and the concept of geometry and balance. He liked to say,
“We are all trying to get back to the Garden of Eden to achieve balance.
That is what he felt his art was about. When we went to Arden’s Gallery, where Laurent Boccara’s work is being exhibited, we saw serenity and the desert. We felt the digs he went on in his pieces. The space and the pieces lent themselves to a calming feeling and zen like nature. The balance of color with the occasional lines and or blocks placed within his pieces are deliberate and purposeful but not out of place. His art is truly stunning and heals the mind and soul with spiritual balance.
We encourage you to visit the exhibit to view these pieces, as they are a testament to a great soul and a wonderful artist.
2143 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77098
Saturday, July 11, 2015
6 – 8:30 pm is the opening reception
J-Vibe Online Magazine wants to thank Sandy Boccara for taking the time to speak with us about her husband, Laurent Boccara and for meeting us at Arden’s Gallery. We enjoyed meeting her and learning about this wonderful artist from someone who knew him so intimately. As she says,
“Art is about healing.
And, this art will heal you….