For PULSE Miami Beach 2016, De Soto Gallery will present works by Denis Darzacq & Anna Lüneman, Alma Haser, Brian Paumier, Sadie Wechsler, and Osamu Yokonami. All of the artists share an interest in conceptions of reality, identity, memory, temporality, and possible futures. Denis Darzacq, Anna Lüneman, and Brian Paumier will be in attendance for the fair.
Denis Darzacq’s latest project, Doublemix In Situ, is a collaboration with Anna Lüneman that melds photography with ceramics. Lüneman’s sculptural abstractions are embedded directly into Darzacq’s laser-cut photographs. Pitting the pixel against the tactile, the composites occupy a strange and poetic interstice that makes palpable the surrealism of life in the digital age.
Alma Haser’s Cosmic Surgery series of 2D and 3D portraits and free-standing sculptures combine photography with collage and origami, connecting image and identity in a culture of visual abundance. She suggests a fundamental shift in the way we understand ourselves and the world around us, picturing the possibility of a trans-humanist future.
Brian Paumier explores the mechanics of memory and nostalgia with a new series of prints and light boxes that mix photography with reworked 80’s video game graphics and custom motorcycle fabrications. Borrowing from disparate influences, he weaves a deeply personal but universal narrative while incorporating nontraditional materials that veer toward an image-object.
Sadie Wechsler’s quirky fabrications rescript reality like a déjà vu, mining every sci-fi, B-movie trope of our collective imagination. Using various approaches — straight photographs, digital and physical compositing, and layered 3-D dioramas — she makes far-flung locations, like the North Pole or outer space, and well-traveled tourist destinations equally extreme and exotic.
Through rhythmic repetition and seriality, Osamu Yokonami contemplates socialization and cultural homogeneity, highlighting our interconnectedness with nature and with one another. He explores dualistic, oppositional conceptions of selfhood and the fine line between innocence and vice.
Denis Darzacq (b. 1961, Paris, France) has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and internationally. He received a World Press Photo Award in 2007 and the Niépce Prize in 2012. He has published a number of books, most recently: Act (2011), Hyper (2009), and La Chute (2007). His work is included in numerous public and private collections including Centre Pompidou, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Bidwell Projects, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Darzacq is based in Paris, France.
Anna Iris Lüneman (b. 1960, Paris, France) works in various media and disciplines. She has taken part in several artistic collaborations with the collective known as Encore with whom she exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and PS1 in New York, as well as art directing with Elein Fleiss and Christophe Brunnquell at Purple, the renowned art and culture quarterly. Lüneman is based in Oostende, Belgium.
Alma Haser (b. 1990, Black Forest, Germany) received a BA(Hons) in Photography in Art Practice from Nottingham Trent University. She won the Magenta Foundation’s Bright Spark Award for Cosmic Surgery in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery for an earlier series, The Ventriloquist, in 2012. She has had recent solo and group exhibitions at The Photographer’s Gallery in London and at UNSEEN in Amsterdam. Haser is based in London.
Brian Paumier (b. 1973, Oxnard, California) received his MFA from ICP/Bard and his BFA from Art Center College of Design. His work is in various public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, NC, and Beth Rudin DeWoody collection. Paumier is based in Los Angeles, California.
Sadie Wechsler (b. 1985, Seattle, Washington) received her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2013. Her work has been exhibited across the United States, including recent exhibitions at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon and Aperture Gallery in New York. In 2015, she was shortlisted for the Betty Bowen Award administered by the Seattle Art Museum. Wechsler is based in Seattle, Washington.