Friday, January 21, 2011

9 + 1 by Dominique Davoust

EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS - 9 + 1 by Dominique Davoust
Opening: Thurssday 3rd February at 6.30pm in the presence of the artist
From 26 January until 19 March

In the mid 70’s D. Davoust studied Linguistics at the Paris VIII University and architecture at the Paris Beaux-Arts. In 1978, the portrait of Abubakar III, Sultan of Sokoto in Nigeria, marked the start of Dominique’s life as a free-lance photographer. Since then, he worked for advertising campaigns for 20 years. Dominique is now based in Dublin where he works for the Irish advertising market, travels for international brands and devotes a large part of his time to his personal work and exhibitions.
In the project 9+1, ten photographs are taken on a given subject with a Polaroid SX70 camera. The SX-70 film has always been an icon in the world of fine-art photography. It renders photographs in a pastel-tinged colour palette that attracted big-name photographers and designers, among them: Helmut Newton, Duane Michals, and Andy Warhol.
Nine are chosen and framed following a square grid of 3 x 3. The last image authenticates the work as unique Polaroid originals. Here the composition is external to the image itself, but it creates a new work by assembling the nine individual images, in a “vibration” of nine squares.

Previous exhibitions:
• May 2000: at the Alcazar, Joseph Conrad’s famous venue in Paris: "Paris Surface".
• July 2005: in the Civic Theatre at Tallaght Co. South Dublin Dublin: The Luas Chronicle.
• November 2005: at the National Art Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria: “9+1”
• February 2009: Toradh Gallery in the Civic Centre, Ashbourne Co. Meath: “Encounter Meath”

Admission free – At the Alliance Française, in La Cocotte – 1, Kildare Street; Dublin 2
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 9.30pm – Friday 8.30am to 7pm – Saturday 8.30am to 1pm

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