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Artist's Reception: Laurence Demaison at Esther Woerdenhoff

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 25, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014

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January 30 - March 9, 2013

Opening with the Artist
Wednesday, January 30
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Since the 1990's the photographs of Laurence Demaison have worked around the genre of the self-portrait to offer a vision that is profound and original. In the same moment we discover that the work is both multiple and coherent, fluid and concrete. The work is shadowed and haunted, layered with versions of the self. There is an undeniable surrealist frame around the work, and we are effectively left to wonder at reality bent, and if it is perhaps more concrete, even more true than what we think we perceive. Through in-camera techniques like exposure time, motion blurr, pushing of contrast, and manipulation of the negative the results of Demaison's technique is achieved. There is indeed an argument to be made for the work that it goes beyond photography's bounds and teeders on performance. The process is extraordinary and while the work is technically an achievement of formal exploration and manipulation one should not deny that the negative itself becomes stage for performative action.

Since 2010 Demaison has begun to explore a new theme that strays from the concept of the self-portrait but not completely from the self.Noires Soeurs(Black Sisters) andSi j'avais Su(If I had Known) engage projection; with these works it is through the model, the mannequin, the doll, the pupet or the cloaked figure that we and the artist experience visions. These works allow for self projection and free association.

For more information on the artist and her work, please visit Esther Woerdenhoff

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