16.03.2017  •  Art NEWS


Polka Galerie Paris präsentiert 'Reverb' von Fotograf und Musiker Nicolas Comment und 'Horizons' von Landscape Fotograf Sze Tsung Nicolás Leong

Zum Frühlingsbeginn startet die POLKA GALERIE auf der Ruse Saint Gilles in Paris zwei Ausstellungen, die zum Träumen und Verweilen einladen. 'Reverb' zeigt Arbeiten von Fotograf und Songwiter Nicolas Comment, die einen Dialog zwischen Literatur, Poetry und Fotobuch als Kunstprojekt führen. “I was filming a lot back then. My montage practice also inspired the layout of these books. Sometimes I feel like they are the still images of a movie I never shot... I reread and intertwined images, like one would do with words and rimes in order for them to dialogue in a new way, like in a poem.”

Zur Ausstellung veröffentlicht die Polka Galerie zusammen mit Filigranes und Chic Medias einen Katalog (limited edition, 400 copies only). Nicolas Comment kann man übrigens live hören in der Bibliothèque nationale de France am 20. Mai 2017.

Parallel zeigt die Polka Galerie die erste monothematische Ausstellung des Anglo-Amerikaners Sze Tsung Nicolas Leong in Frankreich namens 'Horizons'. Das Spannende fällt erst beim Anschauen von mehreren Bildern gleichzeitig auf - alle Stadt- und Flussansichten haben die Horizontallinie auf der selben Höhe... Polka über die Ausstellung : "Shot with view camera, these landscapes follow the same compositional principle. Men are absent – or barely visible – and the limit of what we can see in front of us, the limit of our experience, where the surface of the Earth meets the sky, is always located on the lower third of the image. The same laws of scale, perspective, escape plan, colors and horizontality rule each composition. The panoramic shots are exhibited in a row for the horizon of each image to merge and create a perfectly synoptic and simultaneous view, a representation system that disrupts the rules of framing as well as our cognitive limits. From one horizon to another, our eyes follow a path guided by the thread of divine proportion.

Beyond the optical frontier materialized by the horizon, Sze Tsung Leong’s journey is also a magical investigation as well as a metaphysical experience. Photographing the horizon is like pushing it further away; capturing a precise moment in time to overcome our blindness; staring at the frontier between the natural and the supernatural, the here and beyond, the profane and the sacred. No horizon without landscape. And no representation without horizon. This distant, romantic and magic line investigated by the artist both locates and anchors the viewer in space, leaving him faced with his finiteness, loneliness, dizziness and destiny.

Sze Tsung Nicolas Leong has been working on landscape for more than 15 years. He visited and photographed hundreds of places around the world from giant metropolis bathed in fog or mineral light, to clouded sea landscapes, icy panoramas, touristic parks, deserts, rivers, tower fields and dried lands. Here, he modestly shares with us the images of a (very) big world tour, with some clues yet no precise geographic indications: because locations do not matter. Paris, Toledo, Cairo, Chicago, The Ganges and the Garonne, a natural reserve in Kenya, a salt plain in Bolivia, a frozen lake in Iceland or a suburb in Beijing.

Nicolas Comment Reverb, 18 mars - 6 mai 2017
Sze Tsung Nicolás Leong Horizons, 18 mars - 6 mai 2017

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