Alain Paiement - All Things Must Pass (under the moon)
January 17 to March 2
Opening Thursday January 17, 6-9p
The Katzman Kamen Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by gallery artist Alain Paiement, titled All Things Must Pass (under the moon). The exhibition runs from January 17 to March 2, 2013. An official opening will be held on Thursday, January 17, from 6 to 9p with the artist present. Alain Paiement will also be in attendance at the gallery on Saturday January 19th from 3 to 5p.
Still and motion photography record ephemera and events, moments in time. In All Things Must Pass (under the moon), Alain Paiement examines timely narratives, rather than spatial deconstruction. The exhibition investigates substantial phenomenon, matter in movement, transformation and change. History's narratives are understood from a phenomenological point of view: in three video pieces intertwined swimmers coexist with Moon Jellyfish, and an ice drift; in a series of printed images, photography becomes increasingly indexical, made of analog imprints and marks from old films, moldy flesh, boiled milk remains, along with some some lunar photographs that curiously combine two images taken from at different points of view and phases of the moon.
All of the works depict luminous figures against a dark, if not absolutely black, background. Most of them are double entendres: a simple juxtaposion of successive moments, a dissimilar mirror, an imbricated false stereoscopy, or a fusion of superimposed bodies.
All Things Must Pass is taken from George Harrison's 1970 album of the same title. The addition of (under the moon) in parenthesis suggests a mood of melancholia and nostalgia. But, this ensemble does not look back with sentimentality on a forgettable past. Rather, it composes a blend of anxiety and serenity relevant for today by combining stillness and moving irreversibility.