Inside the Artist’s Studio with Laurent Millet

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While Laurent Millet visited Chicago for his opening reception, he spoke to us about his work space in La Rochelle, France. The photographs in his solo show were selected from four seriesLes Cabanes, La Chasse, Petites Machines Littorales, and Somnium–that utilize several historical processes: ambrotypes, platinum/palladium, and gelatin silver prints. Naturally, we felt compelled to ask for a glimpse into his darkroom.

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                                                               Laurent’s darkroom in La Rochelle.

 


Many of Laurent’s photographs from these series’ are created by rearranging found materials, or by posing with models that he builds by hand. These models are stored in his studio or deconstructed.

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                                                                           Laurent’s La Rochelle studio.

Somnium is on view through April 29, 2017. Shortly after, a selection of Laurent’s photographs will be shown at Art New YorkMay 3-7.

 

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Laurent Millet answers James Lipton’s Top Ten

Have you watched Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton? In this popular TV show, James Lipton interviews legendary guests. He ends these conversations with a list of his Top 10 Questions. Over the years, CEG has asked our artists these same 10 questions to gain insight into their personalities and work!

Petite Machine Littorale du 13 octobre II, 1997

Petite Machine Littorale du 13 octobre II, 1997 © Laurent Millet

This week, Laurent Millet answers James Lipton’s Top 10 Questions!

1.     What is your favorite word?
Liberty

2.     What is your least favorite word?
none

3.     What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Being on my own

4.     What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Not being on my own

5.     What sound or noise do you love?
Sheep’s bells

6.     What sound or noise do you hate?
Chalk on the black board

7.     What is your favorite curse word?
Bordel de merde (rough translation “for crying out loud”)

8.     What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Surf Bum

9.     What profession would you not like to do?
All except artist or surf bum

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
At last!

See Somnium, Laurent’s first solo show in Chicago, through April 29, 2017.

Artist Talk with Laurent Millet

In an attempt to understand why artists create the work they make, we decided to launch Artist Talk in September of 2008, a video series which allows the viewer to hear, from the artist, the reasons behind making each piece on exhibit. We are thrilled to share with you our latest Artist Talk with Laurent Millet.

Watch our Vimeo channel for future talks, and feel free to share this video elsewhere. We love making these Artist Talks and when you share them, you help us to keep making new ones!

Slowing Down for Slow Art Day

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This Saturday, April 8, is Slow Art Day. Around the world, galleries, museums and other institutions will encourage their visitors to spend more time than average with their collections. It has become common to speed walk through exhibits in search of the highlights, and Slow Art Day was enacted to combat this habit. Fifteen seconds is simply not enough time to digest everything that goes into creating a work of art.

In Texas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has outlined a four-step process for art educators that challenged students to look at a piece of art for 30 seconds, turn their backs, and then try to recall and record everything they had seen. When the students return to the artwork, they notice just how much was missing from their lists–what they had overlooked the first time. Both Harvard and MIT now offer courses that lead classes in mindful looking.

We will have five photographs designated for “slow looking,” at which a minimum of ten minutes is recommended for viewing, per piece. At the end of this 50-minute period, gallery staff will be on hand to answer any questions. Discussions have been scheduled for noon and 3 pm.

You don’t need to know a lot about art to approach it. But by simply looking a little longer, you can learn more than you may expect. Discussing your observations with gallery staff and other visitors this Saturday will teach you even more. By thoroughly engaging with the photographs in our gallery, you’ll leave with a better understanding of how the work was made, why, and how it may relate to work by other artists you have seen.

Below are a few articles related to Slow Art Day:
The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum – New York Times
How Long Do You Need to Look at a Work of Art to Get It? – Artsy
Practice Looking at Art – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

 

New work by Julie Blackmon

 Julie Blackmon shared with us her two newest images: Fake Weather and Trapped.

Fake Weather, 2017

Fake Weather, 2017 © Julie Blackmon

Fake Weather is the more comical of the two, the kids’ faces flaunting Julie’s skill of direction. It’s Christmas in July, or an unseasonably warm winter (not unlike what we experienced in Chicago this year).

Trapped, 2017

Trapped, 2017 © Julie Blackmon

As evidenced by the signs in this garage, Trapped hearkens to the distress felt by much of the country during and after the U.S. 2016 presidential election. Multiple skateboards, an energy drink, and the lone hand etching a lewd word across the door’s four windows hint at the extent to which the current political climate affects even young members of her community.

Those familiar with Julie’s work will recognize the Midwest domesticity as well as her children, siblings’ children, and the children of friends and neighbors. Blackmon, herself the oldest of nine children, balances her role as a mother of three and an artist, referencing family life and the circumstances it creates. Chaos, disorder, fantasies, social gatherings, game playing, all of these scenarios continue to dominate Blackmon’s work, which we first witnessed in her series, Domestic Vacations (Radius Books, 2009). Elegance, triumphs, dangers and solace mix with fantasy, where nothing is quite as it seems. Like Alice in her wonderland, Blackmon’s children appear in reality and fantasy, engrossed in their fictitious worlds.

Influenced by Jan Steen and 17th c. Dutch paintings, Blackmon also credits Edward Gorey, Tim Burton and Federico Fellini, who stated, “the things that are most real to me are the ones that I invented… even lies are interesting, eloquent and revealing, just as much as what is considered the truth.” By looking at her family through the lens of fiction, Blackmon reveals her own truth and one that seems to resonate with audiences’ worldwide.

Since 2005, Julie Blackmon has received overwhelming critical acclaim. Her works are part of numerous collections, including The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), George Eastman House International Museum of Photography (Rochester, NY), Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO), Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, OH), Cleveland Museum of Art and The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL). Her newest book Homegrown is available from Radius Books.

Final day of The Photography Show

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Our gallery director Juli and Catherine in our AIPAD booth.

Today is the last day of The Photography Show. We’ve enjoyed being at Pier 94 this week and meeting so many new people. If you haven’t already, stop by our booth, #402, and see photographs from our 15 featured artists. The show will be open until 6 pm EST, and then we pack up for Chicago.

However, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be back in New York City this May for Art New York! Stay tuned for more details as we prepare for our next fair.

Click here to see a complete list of all our featured artists.

The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD

Wednesday, March 29
Vernissage: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 1
12:00 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, April 2
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

#AIPAD2017 #ThePhotographyShow @edelmangallery

 

Can’t-miss color at The Photography Show

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Work by Serge Najjar (left) and Liat Elbling (right), with Ysabel LeMay in the background.

It’s the weekend, and there are still two days left at The Photography Show! As you make the rounds, you won’t be able to pass up the color in our booth. Stop by and see our featured artists adept at utilizing color in their photographs.

Kate Breakey
Kate is best known for her large-scale photographic work with birds and flowers that she painstakingly brings back to life with colored pencils. In 2014, Breakey turned her focus to the land, and the small details of everyday life: a hummingbird resting on a tree limb, a wilting tulip, figs on a counter, the moon setting over the mountain, trees swaying in the evening dusk. Produced as Orotones (prints made on glass and backed with 23k gold leaf) Breakey creates small objects that command our attention, using an early technique to comment on the beauty, fragility and simplicity of her daily surroundings.

Liat Elbling
In her series Interactions and Proposals for Disorder, Liat constructs monochromatic, geometric environments to be photographed. Liat states that the final product addresses “perspective, light and shade, examines the relationship between two-dimensionality and three-dimensionality, and encounters between materials, colors and textures. I wish to explore of course principles which are prevalent in photography – creating a replica in relation to the original, visual deceptions and disruption of space – but also am fascinated by how we can, briefly, simply, almost just ‘forget’ about the photograph.”

 

Ysabel LeMay
Ysabel’s technique is very straightforward, yet extremely time consuming. She photographs flora, birds, tree limbs, flowers, and anything else she finds along her daily walks. Once back in the studio, she assembles all her files into her computer and starts layering images, using hundreds of individual files to construct each final photograph. Balancing color, light and subject, Ysabel creates pieces that vibrate with an intensity often experienced in dreams.

Galaxy, 2016 by Serge Najjar
Galaxy, 2016 © Serge Najjar

Serge Najjar
Five years ago, Serge Najjar started photographing the interaction of people and architecture in his native Beirut, where he also practices law. Influenced by the work of Kazimir Malevich, Josef Albers, Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, and Alexander Rodchenko, Najjar took to the streets, focusing his lens on daily routines: construction workers sitting on a building ledge during lunch break, the sharp lines of a high-rise facade, a man looking out an open window, and children sitting on a windowsill. Whether working in Beirut, Munich or other places he visits, Najjar’s vision is unwavering – to show other people what they may not see themselves.

Holly Roberts
Roberts uses paint to define the photographic image, allowing the brush to guide her through a piece — to move forward while still being led. In 1980, while living on a Zuni reservation in New Mexico, Roberts quietly painted on photographs she had taken of her husband, children, animals and friends. The results of her efforts was startling, as her work was embraced across the country for its innovative style and psychological dramas which confront the anguish, joy, challenges and complexities involved in daily life.

Click here to see a complete list of all our featured artists.

The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD

Wednesday, March 29
Vernissage: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 1
12:00 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, April 2
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

#AIPAD2017 #ThePhotographyShow @edelmangallery