THIERRY DREYFUS explores uses of light in his illuminating new show, “(Naked) Absence – (Blinding) Presence,”at The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, New York. Photo© WE FIND WILDNESS
Maze of mirrors. Photo© WE FIND WILDNESS
A red wall of light is reflected in the mirrors, which creates a kind of artificial horizon. Photo© WE FIND WILDNESS
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LUCIEN ZAYAN, director of The Invisible Dog at his desk. Photo© WE FIND WILDNESS
(Naked) absence – (blinding) presence… (dis)appearances. THIERRY DREYFUS’s solo show at The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, New York. Until February 20th, 2011. Photo© WE FIND WILDNESS
During my trip in New York, I had the chance to experiment the first major solo exhibition in America of French artist THIERRY DREYFUS at the raw and creative space called The Invisible Dog (a converted dog accessories factory).
If you are not familiar with the work of THIERRY DREYFUS, he is best known for having sculpted, drawn and projected light onto prints, objects, scenographies and historical monuments in endless innovative ways, and this over the past 30 year. This new exhibition is presenting personal pieces about light and how this elusive element interacts with objects, sounds and space – a combination that has a very immersive and disorienting effect on the viewer.
“When in contact with light, I do not think: light has its own instinctive behavior that reveals individual emotions. Extending its scope to the 3rd and 4th dimensions, it reaches everyone in a unique way. Emotional by nature, so is the intrinsic meaning of the installation I have created at The Invisible Dog” – THIERRY DREYFUS
On the ground floor, he installed a series of mirrors with an aged, textured surface reflecting ourselves and lit by a red wall. “Besides light, there is nothing more powerful than the mirror – a subjective hole inside reality – to attract the visitor’s attention, thereby forcing one to dive into oneself,’ says DREYFUS. The next room plunges you into darkness, with only the sound of DREYFUS‘ heartbeat for company. As its pace gradually accelerates, so the light begins to illuminate a resin figure of a man, and, when it reaches its heart attack-worthy crescendo, the light becomes so bright that the figure seems to disappear.
In the basement is presented a photography exhibition, based on the idea of filling emptiness, playing with reflections and “mise en abime”, triggering the visitor’s attention to reach him intimately through a static or dynamic experience: “If one were always to say where, to describe the intent with which a picture was taken, to express what happened when it was shot, it would blur the image and disrupt it’s inner silence. This intellectual idea of what might have happened “there” adds up to replace or disrupt our initial sensation. It annihilates our first feelings.”
Opened a year ago as a gallery and studio, The Invisible Dog is a vibrant and unique art space. If you want my advice: don’t miss the restroom!
Make sure to watch all the pictures of this exhibition in the WFW Flickr!