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Opening reception: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, from 6 to 9 pm.
Gérard will be present.
Gérard Musy : Kaléidoscope Cornucopia
Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, 16 rue du Perche, 75003 Paris, France
The Galerie Esther Woerdehoff is proud to present a recent series of images by Swiss photographer Gérard Musy, which will be exhibited in a pop-up venue located in the Marais area.
This is not Gérard’s fetish work, which we have often published in Skin Two, but it is so stunning, you will love it.
Gérard Musy’s Kaleidoscope series display a multiple and dynamic concept, celebrated by day and night. In the temporary Mois de la Photo Off space, Kaleidoscope will be presented in different ways: A slideshow will be projected on the gallery window, framed prints exhibited on the walls and finally, all the photographs of the series gathered in a central portfolio. Music by Satie, Cage and Ligeti, tunes from musical boxes and scores from musicals will accompany the visitor into that immersive and vibrant vision.
The joyful subjects of Kaleidoscope, including Andalusian Feria costumes, Siena Palio riders, fair roundabouts, Christmas windows, circus arenas, summer beaches, etc. are turned into a bright and colourful explosion in these photographs. The close-up compositions become nearly abstract. Kaleidoscope (in Greek etymology “lovely appearance”) displays a firework and festival of colours: a beautiful visual serendipity.
Gérard Musy, famous for his sleek and sophisticated black and white photographs, has initiated a reflection on colour. At first, there is an natural attraction to bright colours that has always been important through out art history – often we forget the vibrant colours existing on antique or medieval sculptures. Then, it reminds us the eternal opposition between colour and black and white: for example, the opposition between Malevich’s and Rodchenko’s monochrome paintings in the beginning of abstract art. To be more down to earth, that alternation can be also observed by the return of black beginning of the ‘80s after an extreme multicoloured psychedelic era throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Within his horn of plenty – Cornucopia – Gérard Musy offers the viewers a motley mixture, spectacular patchwork and eruption of blazing colours. That chaotic effect is even enhanced by assembling four mirroring photographs within the same frame.
Photography is thus reflection of life and energy.
36 rue Falguière, 75015 Paris, France
Tel : +33 09 51 51 24 50
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