RED LIGHT INSTALLATIONS BY NICOLAS RIVALS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paris based photographer Nicolas Rivals has realized the series ‘La Línea Roja’ — a visual study of geometry and form in dialogue with nature.

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Across scenic landscapes in spain, rivals has installed luminous, neon-hued triangles, squares and lines intersecting with the surrounding environment. Each temporary piece was captured in a series of long-exposure shots that reveal an unusual juxtaposition between fabricated objects and the natural world.

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ENERGETIC PAINTINGS BY ERIN LOREE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Erin Loree is a Toronto-based artist from Gananoque, Ontario. Her vibrant pictures feature incredible blues, magentas, yellows, and many more spread over a canvas. Loree varies her approach to texture, with some areas of smoothly-applied paint and others with short, thick brush strokes, creating an incredible sense of light.

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WONDER INSTALLATIONS BY JULIO LE PARC

by Ariadna Zierold

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Julio Le Parc was born in 1928 in Mendoza, Argentina. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires before moving to Paris in 1958. Le Parc’s most widely exhibited work deals with light: using reflection, refraction, and shadows to create dazzling arrangements, to produce a “dynamic viewer.” His light installations are made from materials such as wire, mirrors, lenses and boxes.

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While Le Parc is known for creating work that relies heavily upon theory and abstraction, throughout his career he has been concerned with the breakdown of structures that uphold the divisions between art and society. He routinely used questionnaires to solicit information from the public about their thoughts on modern and avant-garde art.

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LIGHT SCULPTURES BY FABRIZIO CORNELI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Florence, Italy based artist Fabrizio Corneli sculpts shadows and light to create silhouettes, faces, or even true paintings of light. His fascinating work involves lamps, metal plates, prisms, but also a lot of mathematics to think carefully the outcome of each sculpture.

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Whether Corneli’s piece is a folded sheet of copper casting the negative space of an intricate scene, or suspended triangular lantern expelling a burst of light in the silhouette of a man with outstretched arms, they each utilize the power of light and shadow to form unforeseeable figures.

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GEOMETRIC LIGHT SCULPTURES BY JAMES NIZAM

by Ariadna Zierold

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James Nizam produces subtle, geometric light installations with programmable lighting elements and mirrors, the resulting pieces looking like snapshots of a strictly choreographed laser light show.

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Nizam has added color and moved his light sculptures outdoors, casting a blue triangle of light against a city at night in Visible Horizon and forming a blue and pink 16-sided form in Octagram. No matter the location, Nizam’s pieces give a visually physical presence to

the immateriality of light, building forms from literal smoke and mirrors.

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Hakanai: AN IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE INSIDE A CUBE OF LIGHT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Hakanaï is the union of two Japanese characters (one meaning “man” and the other “dream”) used to define the ephemeral and the fragile. In this dreamlike environment, a single dancer moves within a cube, interacting with the images projected on its walls, tracing arcing parabolas and sine waves with hands, arms, and feet.

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The dancer takes a visual journey into a 3D space between dreams and reality.  The choreographed performance installation combines video projection mapping, CGI, and sensors to dynamically respond to the movements and proximity of its performer. Its visuals and sounds are generated and animated live, offering a uniquely different performance for each and every iteration.

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Its appeal lies in the one-on-one exchange that takes place between performer and complex programming. They often mine theoretical and mathematical sources for inspiration for their work and rely on the empirical study of the world around them as their guide.

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Conception Adrien Mondot & Claire Bardainne
Danse Akiko Kajihara
Interprétation numérique, en alternance Adrien Mondot, Claire Bardainne
Création sonore Christophe Sartori, Loïs Drouglazet
Régie générale Laurent Lechenault
Dans le cadre du programme FRIMAS (Consulat Général de France à Québec et Institut français)

Alice Neel “Late Portraits & Still Lifes” @ David Zwirner, NYC

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We checked out a beautifully sparse show at David Zwirner in NYC this past weekend, Alice Neel’s Late Portraits & Still Lifes. Zwirner has been representing the artist’s estate for nearly 5 years, and this is the second exhibition at the gallery. Neel passed away in 1984.

From Zwirner… “This exhibition includes portraits and still lifes made between 1964 and 1983, the last two decades of Neel’s life. The portraits affirm the shift in her work towards more luminous compositions, as witnessed for example in Abe’s Grandchildren (1964) and Richard (1969), where the background is partially rendered and supplanted by abstract areas of paint. Likewise, in the still lifes—a genre Neel continued to address throughout her career—such changes are evident in the arbitrary use of perspective and the artist’s bright palette. In Still Life (Breakfast Table) (1965), a bird’s eye view of a strident yellow table is set off by many of the objects on its surface, which are shown from their sides, and in Light (1980), a shadow cast by a sun-lit table omits the flowers arranged on its source. In other still lifes, potted plants and cut flowers take on anthropomorphic presences, and even hint at a subtle version of self-portraiture. Aside from two paintings made in her family home in New Jersey, and a portrait from San Francisco, all of the works in the show were painted in New York.”

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Kelly Lee Barrett

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Los Angeles based photographer Kelly Lee Barrett continues to build a beautiful body of work that is an intimate tale about the human condition. Since moving from San Francisco to the city of angels, she has captured a series of playful moments that have given birth to a world filled  with hallucinatory colors and psychedelic fueled adventures.

This exploration of our world has even found its way into our own hands via a set of handcrafted award winning photo-books. In them, she brings insight and humor into everyday urban life. The cleverly organized photos inspire multiple associations about how we communicate with one another in our fast paced culture.  -James Pawlish / The Citrus Report

JP: Who is Kelly Lee Barrett? Tell us a little about yourself.

KLB: “You live among illusion and in the world of apparition. But there is a reality. You yourself are this reality, but you don’t know this. If you awaken to this reality you will see that you are nothing and being nothing you are everything”. -Kalu Rinpoche

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So how long have you been taking photos? When did you decide photography was for you?

I’ve been shooting since I was a kid. Both my dad and grandpa were photographers. My grandpa set up a mini dark room in my bathroom when I was thirteen. I loved the smell of the photo chemicals. In high school, I had to choose between marching band and photography. Photography smelled better.

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What kind of equipment do you like to use? Are you primarily shooting digital these days?

I love using my grandpas old Nikon lens and filters on my DSLR to get that analog film feel. I really can’t stand producing super poppy, crisp, digital photos. So easy and boring. I still like to break out all my traditional film cameras at times, but it gets too pricey since I shoot a ton. Digital shooting offers me more creative flexibility, archiving convenience, and affordability.

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Your work has a dreamlike psychedelic quality to it. Can you explain your creative process?

I’m a very visual person. I like to create my own world, surrounding myself in things that make me happy, in hopes to block out the bad. I create dreamlike psychedelic images because I want to live in a dreamlike psychedelic world.

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Are there any photographers or artists who have influenced your work?

I enjoy exploring Flickr. I’m addicted. There, I’ve discovered amazing photographers like Neil Krug, Ellen Rogers, Synchrodogs, Aëla Labbé. Other artists that inspire me are Miranda July, Ed Ruscha, Kenneth Anger, and Yoko Ono.

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You’ve created a series of books that have featured a number of different themes. Is there a specific process you follow when designing them? Can you tell us how they’ve evolved since you first started?

I made my first photo book in college at U.C. Santa Cruz, after getting back from spring break in England. One night, I was sprawled out on the floor with all my photos from the trip and a bone folder from my print making class. I folded one of the photos in half and the light bulb in my head went on. Over the last ten years now, I’ve been hand-making my little books. I love presenting my images in book form, to create a visual story, in a portable, simple, intimate setting for the viewer.

I like to do all my shooting first. With no particular end result in mind. I then get everything printed and sprawled out on the floor. Next, I start playing with the images sequencing, creating associations and dialogue. The last stage is to construct the book using my bone folder and adhesive. The whole approach is very relaxing and meditative. Its a very time consuming, hands on, loving process.

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You made the pilgrimage from San Francisco to Los Angeles a few years ago. Do you find the south to be a good home base?

Yes, I grew up here. I absolutely adored living in San Francisco, and will live there again. Though, its always good returning to your roots. I have a deep passionate love-hate relationship with LA. There is the typical ego maniac, materialistic consumer, don’t leave your house without high heels and a fancy car,  kind of vibe that I don’t relate to. There is also a mysterious beauty, hidden gem, David Lynch, old hollywood vibe, that keeps me here. I love shooting and getting lost in the hollywood hills, luscious and quiet. The energy here in LA just keeps getting better; beautiful people and places coming out of the wood work every day. I feel very lucky to be living here in this exciting moment.

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What are you working on right now?

I’m always shooting. I have a couple books in the works: my LA book set series, a pyramid book, a long-haired men book, and a ladies of Los Angeles book.

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Whats currently on your playlist?

Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin,  Madlib, Flying Lotus, Cut Chemist, Carlos Nina, Little Dragon, Lulacruza, Harry Nillson,  Gwen McCrae,  Angerine Dream, and  Yes.

See more of Kelly’s photos and books at: www.kellyleebarrett.com

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