FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
We worked today on the show and everything is more concrete now.
In the showroom we will have a "set" with various cameras and other technical stuff like video mixers etc...
During the opening we will have an intimate situation with the people we want to work with.
So far we have spoken with Annika, Helga, Eric, Peaches, Christophe, Francois, but the list is still in the making, maybe Jenny
and also people who might show up unexpectedly. (ca. 20 minutes per person).
The live output will be shown on a screen, in the main gallery next door.
In the showroom somehow the set up will be like one for a music video, for a film, the main difference probably being that we will
show the people not just idealized as “projection screens”.
It´s an attempt to discover their personalities through different images combined (their wishes, who they want to be, both orchestrated and
a documentation, their naked image). But we prefer to just do this on Saturday….
Since his first exhibition at the gallery, Frederic D has been working with photography to create portraits of people and pictorial spaces that
compress different moments in time, locations and moods. In his layered works of saturated images printed on various plastics, he brought
together lovers, cities, objects to create large surfaces that changed when the light changed, and revealed themselves to the spectator the
longer the spectator lingered his/her eyes on them. In a subsequent series of black and white portraits of young women, most of whom he
met by chance (Anastasia at the Athens Biennial after-party, Cecile in ReMap, Unknown in a festival in Buenos Aires, Anna at Mars Bar in
New York) the faces almost disappear on the plastics that at first seem like large monochrome abstractions. Once made visible, their impact
is almost religious. A question they often elicit is whether they are based on Renaissance masterpieces, a funny thought, given the accidental,
unplanned choices and the urban, unrarefied contexts.
His work comes closer to a phenomenological exploration of the visible where vision and movement are united in a body that moves-and-sees,
as part of one complete process. With PORTRAITS OFFICIELS the idea of allowing the world to be made visible within so that it is made visible
to others through art, is pushed further. The desire to create images that go beyond representation and the constrictions of two dimensional
space has led to his collaboration with friend Fubbi Karlsson (the two have often worked together in film and video projects) and to the decision
to turn the Showroom into a fully equipped studio. The exhibition will be enacted the night of the opening.
Frederic D was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1974. He studied Film and Theater at the Freie Universität, Berlin. His feature film Miss Baghdad
has been screened among other venues at the Jeu de Paume, Paris and the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt. His work has been recently included
in “I want a little sugar in my bowl”, A.S.S, New York, the “Forgotten Bar Project”, Berlin and “One-Picture Gallery”, Nice and Fit Showroom, Berlin.
His second feature film Maria’s Bilder is in preparation.
Fubbi Karlsson was born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1975. He studied Industrial Photography and Visual Culture at the University of Brighton, UK.
He does electronic interfacing and prototyping for art and performance. He is involved in research in the fields of visual effects, informative design
and visualization and has been developing solutions in the twilight realm between music, art and film over the last 15 years.
Please note that Portraits Officiels will unfold in both Nice and Fit and the Showroom.