Galerie Richard

Lauren MARSOLIER - Transition

Press release

Galerie Richard is pleased to announce Lauren Marsolier’s first solo exhibition in Paris, entitled Transition, from November 15, 2014 to January 10, 2015. The exhibition will accompany the recent publication of a monograph on the artist.

Lauren Marsolier creates plausible spaces from multiple photographs, scattered fragments of the outside world, taken over time in various places. Often months, even years, separate the capture of elements juxtaposed in its landscapes. His photomontages are designed from a bank of personal images, following a process that is reminiscent of the way many painters elaborate sketches in different places and then combine them into a painting.

His work focuses on the mental process of transition, a particular phase in which our parameters of perception change; suddenly we do not see our environment, our life or ourselves in the same way. These periods of change often give the impression of being in a place we know but cannot identify.

As we strive to adapt to a post-modern society affected by the speed and implosion of the boundaries between image and referent, appearance and reality, we regularly experience this sense of disorientation and dissonance. Our world has entered a new stage of abstraction, a phase of dematerialisation in which images and signs take on an autonomous life, cut off from what previously constituted for us the real. The loss of concrete connections to the objects of our senses creates a void in us, and gives rise to a flow of new and elusive perceptions. It is this psychological experience that the artist explores by giving it the visual characteristics of a landscape.

Situated somewhere between fiction and reality, his images represent a mental landscape disturbed by a world in perpetual change. They show an unreality that has become manifest, transitory non-lives in which human activity and habitat appear in the form of astonishing antitheses of nature and artifice, or rather, artificial nature and natural artifice.

Lauren Marsolier, born in Paris, currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She has received several awards including the Houston Center for Photography fellowship 2013, where she presented a solo exhibition. Her work was featured in the Humble Art Foundation’s 2012 Women in Photography selection in New York, Looking at the Land at the RISD Museum, and in the notorious London exhibition Landmark: The Fields of Photography at Somerset House in 2013. His images have been the subject of numerous publications in the international press. On 19 November 2014 Lauren will discuss the theme of contemporary landscape photography at the Tate Modern in London, alongside 4 other artists: Thomas Struth, Penelope Umbrico, Massimo Vitali and Mishka Henner, a meeting orchestrated by William A. Ewing. A personal exhibition is also planned at the Richard New York Gallery in spring 2015.


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