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28.04.2010

 

Sprüth Magers, London presents the first London solo show by Jean-Luc Mylayne

Jean Luc Mylayne has been photographing birds for over thirty years. He often returns to the same place for months on end and patiently waits for his ‘actors’, the birds. He is convinced that they willingly participate in the creation of the photos.

His first book is being published as an accompaniment to a travelling exhibition of his works in the USA. His works will be on display as part of an exhibition at the SPRÜTH MAGERS Gallery in London until 29 May.

"When I see a bird, I see at the same time that bird on a tree near the house. I see everything as an ensemble, and I realize that's how I see everything in life. . . . With my lenses, I can take in that place, then the tree, the bush, the house. I try to capture all those places at the same moment, just like our eye travels from one spot to another in taking in the scene, and I try to reconstitute it." Jean Luc Mylayne in 2006.

In 1976 Jean-Luc Mylayne (*1946, Marquise, France), decided to sell his house, car and possessions and follow his dream, accompanied by his wife and assistant Mylène. (The name Mylène Mylayne sounds dead chic).

The two of them left France for Santa Fe, New Mexico and then Fort Davis in Texas. In 2004, the autodidact finally saw the opportunity of fulfilling his childhood dream.

"Since I was ten years old,*" explains Jean-Luc, "I knew that I would come here (Fort Davis) for the Bluebirds. In particular I wanted to work with these three species of North American Bluebirds because they have the most incredible blue colour. I looked for a long, long time to find a place to see all three species at the same time."

What may at first appear like a snapshot, is in fact a timely process, which the title of the pictures hint at.

Hence, No. 508, February March April, 2007, shows that he required a total of three months to find the location, construct the set and patiently wait for the feathered actor to arrive so that he could in turn release the shutter.

In November 2010, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid will present a retrospective of the artist, who currently lives and works in France once more.

His first Sprüth Magers show took place in 2002, Cologne, Germany.



Jean-Luc Mylayne
7A Grafton Street, London, W1S 4EJ
Open : Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-6pm
Entry : Free
Nearest Tube: Green Park

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne

SPRUETH MAGAZINE : Jean-Luc Mylayne