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Untitled #99

From the series The Pool

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122 x 122 x 0.1 cm
48.03 x 48 x 0.04 in


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  • About the work

‘The Pool’ (2002-2012) – focused on the motif of the swimming pool and realised over the course of ten years, presents public pools in urban and natural environments throughout Europe and private pools in the US, the work in the exhibition shows an evolution in tone and depth, from the real to the imagined, from the photographic to the painterly.

‘The Pool’ series invites us into a sun-bleached public pool at midday, evocative of playful childhood memories and the universal experience of holidays and magical qualities of water. Gradually these geometric lines and familiar architectural structures with their social and descriptive references give way to the abstract, often blurred shapes and colours of her later pictures that oscillate between representation and abstraction. Here the pool becomes a metaphor, a mirror whose surface reflects the surrounding world but is also a gateway into a submerged realm where bathers are distorted and fragmented – ‘murky waters’ that reveal the unconscious and darker connotations of the pool.

‘Laval’s photographs rely on casual collisions and are at once vibrant, witty and spontaneous. Recording the world but transforming it at the same time, they find an extreme beauty in the banal and, by the same token, celebrate life and its more idle pleasures.’ – Tim Clark, Next Level

About the Artist

1971, France

Born in Paris, Karine Laval currently lives and works in New York. Educated at the University of La Sorbonne and the University of ASSAS in Paris, she studied communication and journalism, and completed her education with photography and design courses at Cooper Union, SVA and the New School of New York.

For the last 10 years, Laval has successfully carved out a career in the New York photography world, alternating magazine commissions and editorial assignments with an artistic practice, which both feature her highly distinctive and idiosyncratic style of image. Her photographs are notably spontaneous, and are reminiscent of the photographs of masters such as Cartier Bresson and Eggleston, sharing a similar use of colour as an expressive tool.

Her new body of work, Heterotopia, continues Laval’s long exploration of distorted realities and altered perceptions, resulting in manipulations of light and colour as sophisticated as they are seductive. Laval’s images often challenge the familiar perception we have of the world, and can be seen as a bridge between the world we live in and a more surreal and dreamlike dimension. Laval’s distinctive use and deliberate manipulation of colour, as well as the introduction of chance in some instances, contribute to further question the relationship between representation and reality, with some of these works moving towards abstraction and the dissolution of the image. She combines analog techniques and digital technologies to explore the transformative power of the camera and to investigate the process of image making and its relationship to surface and materiality.

Portraits and photo essays have appeared in magazines and publications including the book Here Is New York, published by Scalo after September 11, 2001, and magazines such as The Village Voice, The New Yorker, Elle, Fabric, Dazed & Confused and Harper’s. Laval was a recipient of the Peter Reed Foundation Grant in 2005 and was selected as one of PDN Magazine’s Top 30 Photographers of 2005. Her work has been acquired by the Citibank Collection (New York), the Henry Buhl Collection (New York), Collection Corbiere (Paris) and the Contemporanea Collection (Rio de Janeiro).

Her work has also been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe at festivals and institutions such as the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France), Lodz Festival (Poland), Rhubarb- Rhubarb,(Birmingham, UK) and Les Rencontres d’Arles (France) as well as major solo shows at the Benrubi Gallery in New York and M+B Gallery in Los Angeles. Laval has participated in major group exhibitions such as Au Feminin – Women photographing Women in Paris in 2009, and was selected by curators Natalia Sacasa (Luhring Augustine Gallery) and Jon Feinstein (Humble Arts Foundation) to be part of the Biennale exhibition 31 Women in Art Photography held at the Hasted Kraeutler Gallery in New York in 2012.

In 2015 her work included in two major group exhibitions – Obsession at Maison Particuliére in Brussels and Radical Colour at the Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon. Laval was also commissioned to produce a video installation piece, State of Flux II, as part of CRUSHfanzine Film Series, a public art project of curated works by video artists, projected onto city walls in New York City, Boston and Los Angeles. The video was also included in the Official Selection International Film Festival ASVOFF7, Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Laval was recently a finalist of France's Villa Medicis Hors Les Murs Competition and was included in EXIT Magazine’s latest publication, 100 EUROPEAN PHOTOGRAPHERS, edited by curator and art critic Rosa Olivares and featuring 100 European photographers who have influenced the medium in the late 20th and early 21st Century. She was also selected as one of the top 100 artists to be featured in Magenta Foundation's upcoming publication – FLASH FORWARD 100 – a special 4-book anniversary compilation of the most outstanding emerging photographers of the last 10 years.

A book on 10 years of her work was published by Steidl in the Summer, 2018.

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Brighton, 132 New Church Road

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