ALEXIS DE VILAR

ALEXIS DE VILAR

About the author, Alexis de Vilar

His perfectly composed images immerse us in a sweetness of life… Paradoxically, Alexis de Vilar, while removing himself from current fashions, produces contemporary photographs, with soul, a timeless soul! How can we not hear the music he clearly loves when he uses titles like « Asia song », « Swahili song », « African song » ?
He only portrays women as sublime, perfect. You see them but you don’t hear them. The children, the vahinés, the men that surround them live in the Paradise that these photographs offer us. He also shows a penchant for what are called primitive worlds. Tribes on the verge of disappearing or already vanished. Women, men, elders, children, wild animals … a wealth of icons!

 

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Alexis de Vilar is not documenting. He is proposing his vision of Paradise as sole resident, before transporting us there. The difficulty I find in giving Alexis’s photographs their full value lies in their distance from what our institutions so shamelessly value. These institutions are just as pleased to produce grandiose retrospectives of bygone photographers as they seem reluctant to show the essence of photography, it’s permanence in a timeless classicism.

…it is reassuring to find a photographer like Alexis de Vilar who makes us share his dream. This Paradise would be truly lost if his photographs weren’t the finest way to make it our heritage. When some have been searching for times past, Alexis de Vilar offers us his Paradise and secures it for times to come!

 

RIKKE FLENSBERG

RIKKE FLENSBERG

Rikke’s practice centers around the relationship between reality and the human being. She builds up her material in a new context, using instruments such as reflection, displacement and repetition, where the scenarios she creates appears as fragments or parts of a larger whole.

By this she seeks to questions the borders and edges of human perception.

She has, over past years, found herself more and more anchored in a metaphysic approach and interest, and seeks to examine the dialectic and the interaction between the human psyche and content on one hand, and the form of the world and things that inhabit it, and its matter on the other. She often works with the landscape and the body, and seeks to deconstruct and rebuild, by modulating the object itself. Via manipulation and different approaches to use and compose the medias, she aims to develop the field of those.

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The reality as we know it, is braked apart and with a phenomenological approach the known and the abstract is used in its reconstruction, where she likes to operate in the minimalistic field.

Rikke’s work often creates scenarios which lies in between utopia / dystopia, and she tries to challenge the viewer to reflect on the reality we are in. The sublime and beautiful, the light and the landscape is present, but with this also the unknown and frightening.

There is a grounded sensitivity in the universe Rikke creates and investigates which carries imagination as an important element.

Rikke Flensberg (b. 1980) lives and work in Copenhagen. She graduated from Malmø Art Academy with a Master of Fine Arts in 2009. She works primarily with fine art photography, but also video, installation and sculpture and she exhibits her work in Denmark and internationally.

Artist website: https://www.rikkeflensberg.com

CARSTEN INGEMANN

CARSTEN INGEMANN

Carsten Ingemann’s artistic practice unfolds in the space between a distinctly Nordic landscape tradition and a psychological space less easily defined. Darkness is at the centre of his endeavour, with all the complex connotations it evokes. The landscapes conjured by the artist are made visible through the extended eye of the camera and the long exposure technique he employs. Thus, his works reveal the beauty and mystery of that which under normal circumstances remains hidden.

His works represent an alternative view of Denmark,  focusing on the silent outskirts in contrast to the bustle of the city.  As a result, the pictures are an accentuation of the inherently local, which still exists in a global world.

To his fine art practice, Carsten Ingemann brings a certain sensibility towards his subject matter, honed during his more than three decade long career as a renowned photographer, documenting political events, conflicts and war zones from around the world.

For further information on Carsten Ingemann please contact the gallery or visit the artist´s website www.carsteningemann.com.

TROELS HEIREDAL

TROELS STEENHOLDT HEIREDAL

In his artistic practice, Troels addresses issues of time, geographies, spatial production, and representation.

Working in various mediums and locations, he explores aspects of serendipity and emblematic effects of place.

Troels makes us question the relationship we build to our daily surroundings by drawing out the inner geographies that our spatial experiences build in us. Superimposing collections of places, spaces, and colors on film evokes unexpected connections between distinct geographies and shows that conventionally defined 2D mediums, such as drawing and photography, can be a practice of sculpting in time and space.

Looking beyond the immediate becomes a way of re-stitching the constellations of the matter that make up our environment. Mixing media and form, the hand is always a key focal point of the work, not only in drawing and building, but also in seeing, writing, experiencing. The hands-on approach of submerging into the matter and absorbing it with the skin allows for Troels’ aesthetic idiosyncrasies to be exposed and observed in the work.

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Troels Steenholdt Heiredal (b.1984 in Denmark. Lives and works in New York, US). Troels holds a Master of Arts in Architecture, Aarhus School of Architecture, Aarhus, DK (2012) and has exhibited, been published, and has lectured on his work domestically and internationally. He is a founding fellow at Arts Letters & Numbers and an invited guest critic at Cornell University, RISD, and The Cooper Union.

LARS SCHWANDER

LARS SCHWANDER

Lars is a photographer, writer, composer and subject specialist in photography, and have had gallery and museums exhibitions since 1992.

In his portrait series, he focused on making images of known creative people and has photographed superstars such as Cindy Sherman, Björg, Leonard Cohen and Yoko Ono amongst many others. In his portraiture he strives to “get to know people”, of scanning them and of depicting them in his own particular way. In that way most of them reflect elements of Lars’ own desires, dreams, longing and melancholy, and the portraits are linked to his own life and his encounters with the different people depicted, and in particular, the conversations they have had.

Some of the photographs have already become historical, because time has left its inexorable mark on the material.

Lars Schwander (1957) holds a MA in Nordic philology and film science. He was the founder of the Centre of Photography in Copenhagen which he ran for 15 years. In 2008 he received Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des letters (French Ministry of Culture) amongst many other great achievements.