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Artist's Reception: Karine Laval at Bonni Benrubi Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 09, 2013
Updated: Monday, December 02, 2013
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Exhibition Dates: April 18 - May 24, 2013

Walk through with the artist:
May 15
6:00 - 7:30pm

Opening reception with the artist
Thursday, April 18th
6:00 - 8:00 pm


Four large scale images accompanied by a video installation continue the Brooklyn-based French artists' explorations with perception. Karine Laval uses water, reflections, and the lens to bend what we see and question our visual understanding. To create the large-scale works Laval called on a professional dancer to perform in a swimming pool. This choice of subject is elegant and playful, but also becomes metaphor for man's struggle with nature and the uncertainty of the human experience. The process engages performance, a theme which also continues to be a thread in Laval's work. We find reflected, altered, and watery figures and their shadows play in these new works as we did with her Poolscapes and early Pool series. The work speaks to early avant-garde photography of the early 20th century which captured bodies in transient states and engaged themes of essence and identity. 

A series of smaller gridded images, the Collision pieces, are the hardest to pin-down. These works push and pull plane and our sense of dimension and viewpoint continues to shift, wave, and liquify. Red-toned square images portray hard to define forms of mylar in water. The works are both concrete and malleable. Our eye dances and flows over surfaces that shimmer, reflect, and dissolve. The red palate works to add tension to works that are already hard to define, and weather we find them sensual or dangerous we are caught in an intriguing and ever ambiguous visual dance.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Boni Benrubi Gallery

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