Clair Obscur Gallery proudly presents the work of three generations
of ‘Masters of Montage Photography’, originating from
Paris. The exhibit introduces contemporary and historical photographers
who approach the use of montage from a generational span where
each artist continues to capture our fascination with their unique
approach to the process.
The exhibit features The Female Nude as subject/object
of sexual desire, a focal point in the surrealist movement where
montage functions as a medium of recognizable symbols and juxtapositions.
However, the disparate approaches to montage in this exhibit demonstrate
the use of groundbreaking photographic and darkroom techniques
commonly found in Man Rays’ work, to Andrew De Dienes’
complex darkroom experimentation, where he integrates the female
nude into luscious backdrops of deserts and beaches, to the radical
digital montage of Dahmane.
The exhibit features three photo-based artists who’s images
celebrate vintage and neo-surrealism, with an emphasis on the
technique itself, all of which culminate in the long term fascination
with re-examining and re-ordering the beauty of the human form.