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Marina Gadonneix

The Eyes Publishing

Publication date : 2022/03/15
Weight 540 g / Dimensions 22 x 33 cm / 88 pages
ISBN 9791092727487

From the series “Phénomènes” that the artist pursued between 2014 and 2019, “Tornades” stages and reconstructs these isolated wind vortices that often make the news. Produced in a scientific research facility dedicated to the analysis and reconstruction of natural phenomena, the photographs gathered in this book draw inspiration from the scientific and the spectacular to extract an evanescent form of disorder, a kind of poetic atmosphere and enveloping atmosphere. The voluptuousness of the milky wind in contrast with the austerely black background, the delicacy of the grey levels sketching the architectural models, everything is highlighted by the artist in such a way as to let us be absorbed by the magic, the rhythm and the attraction of these extraordinary natural phenomena.

A photographer fascinated by the reverse side of photographic images, or more precisely by the hollow, erased device that invites a particular representation, the artist has been thwarting so-called documentary photography since her first photographic series. Instead of photographing works of art, she shows us the invisible devices (plinths, backdrops, etc.) that are in the process of disappearing as soon as the expected photograph is taken.

The inlay backgrounds of film studios become these blue or green monochrome landscapes, perceptual spaces close to the immateriality of James Turrell’s immersive luminous pieces.

Materiality and immateriality, lights and colored spectres, but also presence and absence, reality and fiction are recurring photographic dualities that will be found in “After the image” and will discover their artistic maturity in the “Phenomena” series, images of what appears, but also of what can hypnotise the gaze and sharpen the imagination as much by the incomprehension of what is seen as by the conceivability of the unknown.

Thus, these latest images, resulting from research work carried out in scientific laboratories that reconstitute the operations of natural phenomena, become spaces of projections as poetic as the names of the scientific objects of which they are the theaters of our imaginations… supernova, dark matter, vortex….

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