De Soto Gallery is pleased to present Doublemix, an exhibition by gallery artist, Denis Darzacq, and Anna Lüneman. The exhibition opens Saturday, May 21 and will be on view thru July 23, 2016. Denis Darzacq will be in attendance for the opening night reception.
Doublemix is an on-going collaboration between Denis Darzacq and Anna Lüneman that melds photography with ceramics. Following his formal practice of combining opposing realities in the same frame, Darzacq asked longtime friend and colleague Lüneman to work together to create photo-sculpture hybrids.
Lüneman’s sculptural abstractions are embedded directly into Darzacq’s laser-cut photographs. Her designs imagine subconscious thoughts in physical form inspired by historical decorative styles and finishes. Made of earthenware, the oldest form of pottery, they register like fragments. The photographic images are varied and elusive: outtakes from Darzacq’s previous projects, random snapshots, and simple pictures in the vain of vernacular and travel photography. They are decidedly of the digital domain — instantaneous and disposable. The arbitrariness of the photo/sculpture pairings has a neutralizing effect. Their incongruity short-circuits the usual process of reading an image and it takes on new significance.
Pitting the pixel against the tactile, the composites occupy a strange and poetic interstice. Like throwing a physical wrench in virtual space, Doublemix compresses the gap between the world outside and on screen into one plane. It makes palpable the surrealism of life in the digital age and prompts a reappraisal of our engagement with images.
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.
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.