Archive for February, 2012

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Feb
12

Aurélie Foussard : ‘Metamorphosis’ Series (Photography)

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‘Metamorphosis Series’
Aurélie Foussard
Photograph
2005
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‘Metamorphosis Series’
Aurélie Foussard
Photograph
2005
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‘Metamorphosis Series’
Aurélie Foussard
Photograph
2005
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‘Metamorphosis Series’
Aurélie Foussard
Photograph
2005
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‘Metamorphosis Series’
Aurélie Foussard
Photograph
2005
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‘Metamorphosis Series’
Aurélie Foussard
Photograph
2005
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‘Metamorphosis Series’
Aurélie Foussard
Photograph
2005
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Aurélie Foussard : Website

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29
Feb
12

Ishimoto Yasuhiro : ‘Katsura Imperial Villa’ (Photography)

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‘Katsura Imperial Villa’
Ishimoto Yasuhiro
Photograph
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‘Katsura Imperial Villa’
Ishimoto Yasuhiro
Photograph
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‘Katsura Imperial Villa’
Ishimoto Yasuhiro
Photograph
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‘Katsura Imperial Villa’
Ishimoto Yasuhiro
Photograph
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‘Katsura Imperial Villa’
Ishimoto Yasuhiro
Photograph
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‘Katsura Imperial Villa’
Ishimoto Yasuhiro
Photograph
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‘Katsura Imperial Villa’
Ishimoto Yasuhiro
Photograph
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‘I feel that there is a kind of fateful link between Bauhaus and me. I would like to donate fifty-five of my photographs to the Bauhaus Archive Berlin’, said Ishimoto Yasuhiro in a letter to the Bauhaus Archive…

Born in San Francisco, the son of Japanese immigrants, Ishimoto was trained as a photographer at the Chicago Institute of Design. He numbers among the few people who have ever received permission to photograph the interior and exterior spaces of the centuries-old architectural complex. The photos were mainly taken in the early 1950s and early 1980s. They portray the building, which was praised as exemplary by the architects Walter Gropius and Bruno Taut, within an intentionally modernist approach.

Many of the photographs that were mainly shot by Ishimoto in May 1954 were published in 1960 in the photobook Katsura together with texts by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius and the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. The images deviate from the conventional standards of architectural photography, making no attempt to portray representative features. They show an eye for detail, often as abstract compositions in which lines organize the surface structure and textures fill the spaces between them…

The palace is segmented by Ishimoto into flat patterns that consist solely of grey tonal values. However, the subject of the photo always remains recognizable. Ishimoto fully exploits the available techniques of black-and-white photography with its dense black tones. His approach seems appropriate to the subject, yet also distant. [Ex : Between Japanese tradition and Western modernism]

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Remembering Modernisms Roots

Museum of Contemporary Art

Stephen Daiter Gallery

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28
Feb
12

Brancolina : ‘Jewish Museum in Berlin’ (Photography)

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Photo impressions of the Jewish museum in Berlin, designed by Daniel Libeskind.

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‘anxiety’
brancolina
2011
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‘agitation’
brancolina
2011
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‘fear’
brancolina
2011
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‘exile’
brancolina
2011
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‘remembrance’
brancolina
2011
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‘untitled feeling’
brancolina
2011
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Nothing is unimportant. There is no place without history, where you can just do what
you want. Every place speaks in a unique way. It needs to communicate a certain way
and to appeal to people. Architecture is an art of communication – not with words, but
with proportions and with an aura. Every building must tell a story. – Daniel Libeskind.

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Brancolina : Website

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28
Feb
12

F.X. Combes : ‘Building Series’ (Screen Capture Photographs)

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The portrayal of urban space is at the heart of FX Combes’ work. His series ‘Buildings’, continues along these lines. How do you portray the City? The City in its ultimate truth, bare, naked. According to the artist, by starting with the ordinariness of the basic building in mind. With the most traditional vision, the least cluttered possible, of a building garnered in a few basic lines. Then, this ordinariness is reorganized, structured, given shape and colour, assigned order, rhythm and meaning, and restored in the layers of a fixed time – past, present, and future piled together. In a way that the urban concept in itself emerges from the raw material; The purest, and most refined City from the concrete building…

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‘untitled – buildings series’
inkjet print on textured paper
140 x 120 cm
2009
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‘untitled – buildings series’
inkjet print on textured paper
140 x 120 cm
2009
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‘untitled – buildings series’
inkjet print on textured paper
140 x 120 cm
2009
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‘untitled – buildings series’
inkjet print on textured paper
140 x 120 cm
2009
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‘untitled – buildings series’
inkjet print on textured paper
140 x 120 cm
2009
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‘untitled – buildings series’
inkjet print on textured paper
140 x 120 cm
2009
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In practice, F.X. Combes begins by taking photos of buildings, that he then photographs again through the screen of his computer, in order to attain the desired distance between what is real and what is suggested without using photo retouching software. In this way, he obtains a series of nearly identical pictures of the same pattern, nearly being the key word. These successive screen captures create each time micro differences in shape, the tiniest shifts in light. And, as a result, there are so many occurrences of the unpredictable that the artist then takes great care to systematize either through a process of multiplication – juxtaposition of the images (the horizontal series) or through a process of reconstruction using a fragment, an imaginary building or an ideal City (the vertical series).

Actually, what is the building really behind its undecipherable facade, its impenetrable walls and blind windows? What is the City in its intimate nature and beyond its immediate materialisation? Originally it was the foremost human meeting place. Man built the city to live there, to thrive and prosper there. But in its arrogant proliferation the city ended up rejecting man into an anonymity that is a form of denial. The realisation of this presence/absence of man in the city that he himself made is one of the issues that is at stake in these images. The City according to FX Combes is most certainly an inhabited place but by a being who, after having left a sign of his time spent there, finds himself from then on in the process of fading out completely.

This bluish trembling, this nearly vibrating halo that enshrouds the buildings rising into their metaphysical sky – each of these effects is evidence of this gradual disappearance, this evanescence in progress. The succession of layers of the present and of past generations who lived there is still visible, virtually through chance circumstances that are less and less discernible, but the City has already transformed into another condition of its own location. Beyond the man who made it, the City remains and endures, and pulls itself up to the pinnacle of its definitive self. The City approaches more and more surely the ideal of Platonism. Underneath the deceptive ordinariness of buildings, the fundamental archetype is revealed. – [Extract : from press release by Vincent Gracy - NextLevel Galerie]

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F.X. Combes : Website

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27
Feb
12

Ronan Guillou : ‘Colour Photography’ ( Series 1 )

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‘Ready Made Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Yippee Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Intra Muros Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Driven Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Intra Muros Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Driven Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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Catching places, cities, glances: Ronan Guillou translates his pleasure and desire for keeping traces of them during his walks. Cities, and the people who animate them, are the basis of his humanistic approach. Aside from his commercial campaigns, Guillou’s personal work records moments of ordinary life, where men and women are photographed during their daily routines in urban landscapes. Initially influenced by cinematic environments and the aesthetics of American cities, his work also extends to cities in Asia, Europe and South America. Without criticism, Guillou feels affection and empathy for his characters, giving the images a pictorialist and poetic depth… – [Extract : Bio - Sous Les Etoiles Gallery]

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Ronan Guillou : Website

Ronan Guillou : Series (2)

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27
Feb
12

Ronan Guillou : Colour Photography ( Series 2 )

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For the past ten years, Ronan Guillou has undertaken a broad personal photographic investigation, suggesting a vision of the complexity of the dialogue between the protagonists of urban life. It was in the process of his numerous expeditions on different continents that this research became clearer, before he made the United States his primary source of documentation. Difficult to classify, Ronan Guillou’s work is somewhere in between documentary photography and plastic photography; where in just a few years, the artist compiled a considerable body of work that he only began showing in 2005.

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‘Intra Muros Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Downtown Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Downtown Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Intra Muros Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Intra Muros Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Downtown Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Intra Muros Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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If his photographs suggest a poetic vision of the ordinary and call upon the imagination of each and every one of us, they also question us on the temporality [material matter] of places, reveal their nearly organic power as well as their fragility, and examine man’s relationship with the constructed universe. The use of a medium-sized format allows the artist to give priority to immediate contact with his subject while remaining in touch with the elements outside of the frame.

Color is also at the heart of the production process as the decisive material of the formal approach; if in fact it makes it possible to reveal the geometrical force of spaces and the poetic dimension of certain scenes, it tends to pay tribute to traditional American iconography as well. The entirety of Ronan’s work is produced on negative film and no retouching is carried out on the originals, leaving the photographers point of view intact and without distortion. – Extract : Press Release – NextLevel Galerie

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Ronan Guillou : Website

Ronan Guillou : Series (1)

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