If so much force draws out from the photographs and prints of Gilles Lorin, it is the fruit of a long maturation and an engagement without end.
Each work contains an impeccable yet liberated workmanship of all the steps involved in crafting an Image; from its mental conception to the final print.
This Artist photographer and printmaker works with historical and traditional techniques; he carefully choses each process, precious metal and paper, conscious that only such requisite will lead to transcendence.
Whether it is a portrait in platinum-palladium or his exquisite works on pure gold-leaf, Gilles Lorin captures the soul and essence of the subject, shielding it magnificently from the flight of time.
Empty swimming pools, abandoned streets or playgrounds: Charles Johnstone’s first photo project Havana (2006) shows us unusually still moments in this otherwise bustling metropolis.
The autodidact Johnstone dedicated his five following series entirely to his hometown New York. In those volumes he depicts the everyday poetry of the urban environment: Basketball Courts, Handball Courts, Empty Pools, Storefront Churches and Corrugated Iron Fences – places of New York, both familiar and anonymous, which we walk past every day as they slip by our peripheral vision.
Ten years after Havana Johnstone’s focus has shifted to newspaper kiosks among the picturesque scenery of Venice.
Johnstone’s classical color photographs are marked by a lack of people, square in format and have a combination of perfect light and graphically composed structure.
Every project is accompanied by a limited edition photo book which documents and emphasizes the serial nature of his work.