Exhibition Dates: September 12 - October 19, 2013
Reception for the Artist
Thursday, September 12
6:00 - 8:00 pm
The Julie Saul Gallery is happy to announce our opening shows of the fall season, and Didier Massard's fourth solo exhibition entitled L'Atlas Imaginaire. The exhibition includes nine works, all produced since his previous show in 2007. His choice of subjects range from nature to mythology and architecture. Massard is known for his imaginative, elaborately fabricated photographs that record studio constructions meticulously crafted and masterfully lit.
Massard works slowly, and completes only two or three works a year. Images are he conceived from the recesses of his imagination and our collective romantic and touristic notions of nationality and place. He has created many exotic locales within his studio, evoking the lands of Ireland, China, India, Holland, and the cliffs of Normandy. Massard works for long periods on each of these tableaux, and ruminates that "each image is the completion of an inner imaginary journey."
As Massard only uses manual techniques to fabricate his images, the effect is different from digital imaging. Our experience of each image leaves us lingering on every detail as we question both the reality of the subject and the process used to achieve it. Roberta Smith wrote of his work in The New York Times, stating "color and space combine with fastidious detail to create a sense of illusion and artifice that is more usual to painting, Magic Realist painting in particular...one's willingness to suspend disbelief is a measure of Massard's skill."
Among the works the new Aurora Borealis will be shown in a large scale along with the Monkey which was featured in the great Otherworldly diorama exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design in 2011. The most recently completed work The Tiger joins the Rhinoceros and the Elephant in his menagerie of animals which merge the real and the imagined. Massard has remained committed to his intensive studio practice producing increasingly complex meditations on nature and fantasy. Among the new works is an homage to Breughel in a new interpretation of The Tower of Babel, and to the firebird in a Russian fairy tale. The ideas come from many places; music, literature and all genres of historical research.