French artist Lauren Marsolier’s photo-montages are assembled from imagery compiled by the artist at assorted geographical locations over spans of time and manifest surreal non-places where evidence of human activity is simultaneously present yet are devoid of inhabitants. Her crisply composed images of buildings and man-made landscapes bathed in otherworldly light suggest time has seemingly been paused. “Months or years often separate the capture of elements juxtaposed in my landscapes,” Marsolier explains. “This approach is not unlike that of the many painters who would make sketches at different locations to use as reference for their future paintings.” Marsolier uses her data bank of collected imagery to construct mysterious and psychologically imbued images that blur the distinction between the natural and fabricated.
Of her work Marsolier additionally remarks, “In a composite photograph, liberated from the single point of view of indexical representation, a new visual vocabulary can emerge. A subtle combination of multiple perspectives, lighting sources, and distances are used to produce disorientation in the viewer… The landscapes are ambivalent, familiar and yet not identifiable. The work constructs an experiential bridge between self and environment, blending the physical landscape with the landscape of the mind. It is a reflection of our world without being a direct representation of it.” Fittingly, critic George Melrod describes Marsolier’s work as “existing in a limbo-like, in-between state, between fiction and document, between virtual and physical.”
LAUREN MARSOLIER: DISLOCATION
Exhibition Dates: July 7 – September 3, 2016
ROBERT KOCH GALLERY
49 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94108