équinoxes 4

Absence N.17
photography
september 2020

Denis Darzacq

Denis Darzacq is represented by the Galerie Rx in Paris, the Laurence Miller gallery in New York and the De Soto gallery in Los Angeles. His work is regularly shown both at home in France and abroad. Most recent exhibitions: the Lianzhou Museum of Photography (China), Matmut Contemporary Art Center (France), the Musée Fesch Museum of Fine Arts in Ajaccio (Corsica), the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, and the Dance Museum in Stockholm (Sweden), among others. He is the winner of the Niepce Prize (2012), the World Press Prize in the Arts & Entertainment category (2007) and the Altadis Prize (2000).

DENIS DARZAQ x CAMILLE FOURNET

Here, the artist explores notions about savoir-faire and recycling by working with leather scraps from the factory.

équinoxes

Using discarded materials, a reflection of the power of the artisan's hand and tools, the artist has created a savvy juxtaposition between positive and negative space, color, and shape.

What made you want to get involved in the équinoxes project?

What were your sources of inspiration for this work?
When I visited the ateliers, I discovered how artisans remove geometric shapes from the leathers and skins used to make handbags, wallets and bracelets. In keeping with my current research, I wanted to work with the leftovers. The artistic power of those overlooked scraps and discards comes from the absence of the noblest parts.

How do you want the viewer to see your work? 
My photography focuses on contrast, plays of light, and juxtaposing positive and negative space. For this work, I used pleating, creased, cut-out and torn materials and recomposed them in an assemblage that's seemingly chaotic, by altering their scale of representation. Absence N•17 is the photographic reproduction of my own assemblages. It's an abstract composition in bold colors that finds a balance between leather scraps, negative shapes and photographic archives. 

Absence N.17, Denis Darzacq, 2020.
Credit: Kinuko Asano

Absence n°17
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Credit: Kinuko Asano

Absence n°17
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Credit: Kinuko Asano

Absence n°17
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Credit: Kinuko Asano

Absence n°17
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Crédit : Kinuko Asano

CAMILLE FOURNET ENJOYS PLAYING WITH MATERIALS AND COLORS. WE LOVE CREATORS, THEIR INVENTIVENESS, THEIR ABILITY AND THE WONDER THEY'RE CAUSING. 

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