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Brancolini Grimaldi At Paris Photo 2012 - Brancolini Grimaldi Gallery is attending Paris Photo 2012.
The gallery will be exhibiting new work by Massimo Vitali, Miles Aldridge and Clare Strand as well as launching special edition books by Dan Holdsworth and Peter Fraser. From Marie Amar’s small-scale, intimate photographs of dust to Domingo Milella’s investigation of landscapes both ancient and modern Brancolini Grimaldi’s stand (Stand B24) will demonstrate the breadth and diversity of current photographic practice.
Marie Amar will exhibit La Poussière, a series of 18 small photographs in which Amar transforms degraded material produced during the process of drying clothes, into photographic meditations on the nature of colour, time and the value of waste. Softly floating abstracts hover on the picture plane, the colours ranging from jewel-like reds and blues, through to sooty blacks and quotidian greys. The images reflect on the interaction between man and technology, a beautiful homage to the usually ignored residue of that interaction.
Dan Holdsworth’s latest work, Transmission: New Remote Earth Views, appropriates data from the US Geological Survey to create topographical data to document the ideologically and politically loaded spaces of the American West in an entirely new way. In his images of the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Mount Shasta, Mount St. Helens and Salt Lake City (Park City), we see stark, uninterrupted terrains where meaning is made through what it is absent, as much as what is seen. With neither the schema of the romantic nor the everyday to guide us, Holdsworth absorbs us into a vision of the unknown; a space that is unequivocally, transcendentally, Other.
Clare Strand’s latest project has been created especially for Paris Photo. Based on the 19th century satirical novella, Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott, Strand has created a work in two parts; one part takes the form of three-dimensional geometric shapes in two large wall mounted cabinets, and the other framed two-dimensional representations of their flattened forms. Both pieces of work are created using photographic paper.
In the novella, a sphere from Spaceland (a 3D world) visits a square in Flatland (a 2D world) to introduce a new apostle to the idea of a third dimension in the hope of eventually educating the population of Flatland to the existence of Spaceland. Here, Strand’s work is considering and playfully manipulating the two-dimensionality of the photographic medium and hinting at the possibility a multi-dimensional ‘nth’ world.
Massimo Vitali has become one of the most celebrated contemporary photographers in world today, renowned for his large colour prints depicting the crowded beaches and shorelines of the Mediterranean Sea. For Vitali, the beach is a place where the mundane and everyday merges with natural beauty, and where he can confront Italians in a place of vulnerability. The images reflect a sense of freedom, even hedonism, but also a sense of conformity and even banality. In the background, industrial buildings such as factories and warehouses loom, a reminder that the escape to nature is temporary and artificial.
For more information, visit the Brancolini Grimaldi website.