Valérie Belin: Les Images Intranquilles/Unquiet Images
Through September 14, 2015
Les Images Intranquilles/Unquiet Images is a major exhibition of 30 of the Parisian-based artist’s works; it is centered around the latest body of work, Super Models, but includes works from other series, including Michael Jackson, Black Women I, Lido, Meats and Engines.
Valérie Belin's work insists on double-take viewing. Frames hum with visual seduction. Some works are a sensor-splurge of color; others use image-blur to shake our foundations. Some more potent and strange works engage the uncanny. Our teeter on the nature of the subject is the center of our curiosity and often the root of the work’s power.
Belin’s Super Models series solidifies earlier approaches and concerns. Geometric shapes, planes, and colors create layering and play with figure-ground issues to the extreme. We can easily loose one to the other. The use of the mannequin unhinges issues of animation, life, and presence. These figures are as believable as unbelievable- delicate hands or visages only fall apart as inhuman when we spot the arm or leg joints. More interesting than the discovery of the line of belief is the discovery of the desire to believe. Perception and desire are not so hard-edged.
For more information on the exhibition, please visit Le Centre Pompidou.
Belin is represented by AIPAD Member Galleries Grimaldi Gavin & Edwynn Houk.
Ishtar, from the series Super Models, 2015
© Valerie Belin/ Courtesy Grimaldi Gavin