Posts Tagged ‘strange

30
Aug
12

Bertrand Fleuret : “Landmasses and Railways” (Photo Book)

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“I am alone. Walking at random. Wandering, as if at random, among the unrecognizable fragments of what were palatial homes, public buildings, private residences, gaming houses and houses of prostitution, theatres, temples, and fountains. I am looking for something”. – Alain Robbe-Grillet

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“Landmasses and Railways”
Bertrand Fleuret
Photographs
2009
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“Landmasses and Railways”
Bertrand Fleuret
Photographs
2009
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“Landmasses and Railways”
Bertrand Fleuret
Photographs
2009
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“Landmasses and Railways”
Bertrand Fleuret
Photographs
2009
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“Landmasses and Railways”
Bertrand Fleuret
Photographs
2009
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“Landmasses and Railways”
Bertrand Fleuret
Photographs
2009
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“Landmasses and Railways”
Bertrand Fleuret
Photographs
2009
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“Landmasses and Railways”
Bertrand Fleuret
Photographs
2009
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Bertrand Fleuret’s ‘Landmasses and Railways’ is a photographic travelogue to our interior, or perhaps an exploration outwards, to the encircling spheres above. Divided into five sections – I. The Melancholy of Departure, II. Approaching the City, III. Inside The Walls, IV. An Empty Building, and V. The Garden – the book takes us on a winding journey through a strange but familiar world. No time for questions. We quickly crash down into the ocean. Past the swarming jellyfish, we scramble for land, gasping for breath before safely making it ashore. From our initial descent, Fleuret takes us on a bewildering journey to the city, through its modern ruins and back to the primal undergrowth of the garden. Shooting in impressionistic black and white, Fleuret has the eye of a harried detective or alien cartographer. Remapping and exploring the world, Fleuret gathers fragments that cohere and then break apart. Is that a distant heavenly body or a glowing ball of trash? Drawing inspiration from such sources as the cosmic jazz musician Sun Ra, Chris Marker’s San Soleil, the novels of Alain Robbe-Grillet and Solaris, Fleuret’s book is a retro-futuristic travelogue as told by a bastard child of Provoke. – Extract : Adam Bell

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Bertrand Fleuret : Website

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18
Feb
11

Krystina Stimakovits : Photography

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“In between the: opaque – transparent, strange – familiar, abstract – representational.”

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krystina stimakovits
photograph
2009

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krystina stimakovits
photograph
2010

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krystina stimakovits
photograph
2009

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krystina stimakovits
photograph
2010

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krystina stimakovits
photograph
2010

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krystina stimakovits
photograph
2010

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statement

A quote from Gary Winogrand has lodged itself indelibly in my mind: “There is nothing as mysterious as a fact clearly described”. It is this seemingly contradictory combination of mystery and fact that keeps me searching from the corners of my eye. My work however is not about documenting locations or any particular subjects / objects found in them, rather I am drawn to a de-contextualized world, to fragments of reality where particular forms, light and the body language of materials may combine to stir both senses and psyche.

My approach is that of a gatherer rather than a hunter: eyes open to chance encounters, mind alert to the surrounds. And like gatherers I favour places and conditions that have proven fertile harvesting grounds: work sites, industrial parks, ’empty’ windows of shops / storefronts that are undergoing refurbishment, back alleys. Here space dividing structures of glass, mesh and other materials abound. These act as thresholds between visual fields, simultaneously hiding and revealing realities that lie behind and in-between. On the picture plane, complex fusions dissolve into shapes and gestures, a meditation.

With my projects I work like a cook who invents meals around the best produce found in that season, allowing myself to be guided by experience and imagination rather than the prescriptions of a recipe or plan. Unlike many contemporary art photographers, I do not invent the scene nor significantly alter my images. To me the power and resonance of a photograph lies in the fact that it was plucked from the real world, that someone’s psyche interacted with and interpreted a particular piece of reality at a unique and inspired moment. The metamorphosis that constitutes a photograph is what continues to captivate and inspire me.

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krystina stimakovits : website

‘thresholds’ : photography book

krystina stimakovits : more works

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