ET NOUS AVONS DES NUITS PLUS BELLES QUE VOS JOURS

JTF (just auto facts): A total ns 13 works, hung in auto entry gallery and two de the smaller rooms in thé back (center and left). 8 of the atelier are gros scale c-prints indigenous 2010, framed in black and unmatted. These image range in dimension from 48×73 to 73×92, in editions ns 7+1AP. Auto 5 différent works space heliogravures nous Butten feuille from 2010, mounted and framed in couleur noire but unmatted. Each du these prints is 46×52, in editions de 12+3AP. (Installation shots at right.)

Comments/Context: Monet’s gardens at Giverny have become a place de pilgrimage for countless artists, and auto now renowned bridge, ponds, water lilies, and reflections oui been reinterpreted over et over again venir such année extent that ce seems difficult to conçu there is much more à be said about this particular location. Elger Esser has taken on this acquainted landscape subject, et turned ce on the head by making longue exposure photographs at night. Thé results are very dark and shadowy, bathed in a quiet stillness.


Vous lisez ce: Et nous avons des nuits plus belles que vos jours

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Rather than point his caméra at auto obvious vision lines, Esser’s images take in smaller, an ext intimate views ns the pond, with dense bunches de trees cultivation along auto banks. The longue exposures develop misty blurs oui the wind move across auto land et water, and stars leave linear trails across auto sky. His carte de couleur moves in between opaque painterly blackness to a muted silver not unlike a tintype, through a few images that carry in année infusion ns orange or blue at thé beginning or end du the day. Silhouetted tree trunks punctuate thé scenes, leaving the viewer with a sense de timeless emptiness.

In recent years, Esser has actually spent quite a bit of essayer examining the la nature of memory, particularly in his heliogravures, which intentionally recall 19th century photographic landscapes in your framing et style. This new images of Givery space in many ways the exact negative of our expectations, auto lively, colorful pond we toutes les personnes recognize turned into something dark and almost foreboding. Given auto quiet et melancholy mood, i think viewer reactions venir these pictures will variety from underwhelmed (and possibly bored) venir engrossed by a fleeting glimpse du something previously unseen.


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Collector’s POV: thé works in this démontrer are priced oui follows: the large scale c-prints space either 25000€ or 40000€ each, based nous size, et the heliogravures space 8000€ each. Esser’s work has become routinely easily accessible in the secondary markets for both photography et contemporary art, with prices ranging from $5000 to $110000 in recent years.