New York, Last Quarter, 2011
Archival pigment print
65.7 x 86 x 4.4 cm
Crescent, gibbous, new or full. Red. Cloudy. From 2010 until 2012, Vera Lutter observed the moon on a regular basis, that fascinating satellite that watches over our nights.
Or why not through a hole in which light floods in: like a pinhole, the photographic technique that allows the capture of images inverted from the visible, and which the artist has adopted. However, with her Albescent series, she reverts back to traditional picture taking to capture a natural element, forsaking her emblematic architectural pictures. The moon influences her.
Light and urban dwelling played a role in the choice of the artistic medium of Vera Lutter, born in Germany in 1960. Her move to New York in 1993, after studying sculpture at the Munich Academy, would open her eyes.
Light and urban dwelling played a role in the choice of the artistic medium of Vera Lutter, born in Germany in 1960. Her move to New York in 1993, after studying sculpture at the Munich Academy, would open her eyes. Discovering the massive architectural landscape led her to photography, and more specifically to one of its oldest techniques: the principle of camera obscura. The impressive apparatus, proportionate to the architecture broached, and comprised within a container, produces large-scale negatives that heighten the strength of the buildings captured. The exposure over a long period of time, specific to this technique, seems to make them timeless. Her subjects include the most heroic human endeavours, landscapes that concentrate economic power: industrial, heritage sites, urban sights, transport hubs. Yet they also embrace all of humanity, its need to believe in divine or higher forces, in other realities, as illustrated by her capturing the Parthenon in 2015 and the Effelsberg radio telescope in 2013. She brings to light another aspect of the world, a hidden aspect. Her large prints add to the solemnity. Modern relics, as if frozen solid under ash, ghostly apparitions: is the spirit of the place suddenly appearing? Its memory? But she does not hush up her desire for a sensitive, tangible, vital reality, a return to the positive. The Albescent series testifies to this, drawing up new venues to broach image and time.
Exhibition Poussières d’étoiles (Stardust)
From 24th May to 15th Decembre 2018
Under the creative guidance of Garance Primat
Curators: Hervé Mikaeloff et Ingrid Pux.