Lauren Marsolier for her third solo exhibition entitled Dislocation transported us into her interior world where the real and artificial, exterior and interior, light and shade buttress against each other seamlessly. Her photographic images are composed beautifully, melancholic in its mood, bristling with harmony and tantalizes with a placid color palette.
Her images are constructed from multiple photographic images layered over time to develop the landscapes, which were coined by collector William M. Hunt as e-scapes. A thread of escapism does come across but the endless desert strata and structures devoid of people could be memory snapshots. Marsolier selectively framed each scene with such poetic verve that nothing seems to be off kilter or out of place.
Tennis Court (2015) embodies the hauntingly sublime characteristics with the corner perspective of a wall accented by patio furniture flanked by the tennis court on the ground while the distant desert mountain beckons. Observing this scene is quite reflective as there is enough empty space yet the accent objects are effective punctuations that keep it from being desolate.
Reflection (2016) celebrates linear harmony with the large plate glass window coupled with the shadows and reflection from the beating sun providing a stark dynamism between inside versus outside. It is pretty much a merger of Zen and Bauhaus. The unique combination does not get lost from the escapist spirit of Marsolier’s universe.
For a moment I thought all of these were taken in Palm Springs, California but that assumption was informed by my American sensibility and who’s to say that it is not some chic modernist retreat in South Africa, an acrid survey of a resort in the Middle East? There is no compass to pin down the location. It is just fortuitous to step into this created world and escape with Marsolier. Art should remove you from the mundane and transport you to the fantastic. Getting lost has never looked and felt so great! All adventures to some degree you have to get lost and veer off course. These images from the show are the postcards for the perfect e-scapes.
Lauren Marsolier: Dislocation
Exhibition Dates: October 12 – November 20, 2016
Gallery Hours: Tue – Sat, 1 to 7 pm / Sunday 2 to 6 pm
Galerie Richard. 121 Orchard Street. NYC, NY 10002
Art Review by: Oscar A. Laluyan
Images from the gallery courtesy of the artist