July 7 - September 3, 2016
Artists Reception: Thursday, July 7, 2016 5:30 - 7:30 pm
San Francisco, California - The Robert Koch Gallery is pleased to present Dislocation, the second installment of the
Transition series by French artist Lauren Marsolier.
Marsolier’s photo-montages are assembled from imagery compiled by the artist at assorted geographical locations over
spans of time and manifest surreal non-places where evidence of human activity is simultaneously present yet are
devoid of inhabitants. Her crisply composed images of buildings and man-made landscapes bathed in otherworldly
light suggest time has seemingly been paused. "Months or years often separate the capture of elements juxtaposed in
my landscapes," Marsolier explains. "This approach is not unlike that of the many painters who would make sketches at
different locations to use as reference for their future paintings." Marsolier uses her data bank of collected imagery to construct mysterious and psychologically imbued images that blur the distinction between the natural and fabricated.
Of her work Marsolier additionally remarks, "In a composite photograph, liberated from the single point of view of
indexical representation, a new visual vocabulary can emerge. A subtle combination of multiple perspectives, lighting
sources, and distances are used to produce disorientation in the viewer... The landscapes are ambivalent, familiar and
yet not identifiable. The work constructs an experiential bridge between self and environment, blending the physical
landscape with the landscape of the mind. It is a reflection of our world without being a direct representation of it."
Fittingly, critic George Melrod’s describes Marsolier’s work as "existing in a limbo-like, in-between state, between
fiction and document, between virtual and physical."
Marsolier currently lives and works in Los Angeles. In 2015 she was included in a panel discussion at the Tate Modern
in London discussing contemporary landscape photography, along with fellow artists: Thomas Struth, Penelope
Umbrico, Massimo Vitali and Mishka Henner. Her work is included in the collections of institutions such as the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Photography and the Phoenix Art Museum. Marsolier is the
recipient of the 2013 Houston Center for Photography fellowship award, which included a solo exhibition of her work
at the institution. In 2013, she was also featured alongside Mitch Epstein, Robert Adams, Simon Norfolk, Edward
Burtynsky, and others, in the London exhibition Landmark: The Fields of Photography, curated by William Ewing at the
Somerset House. She was also part of the Humble Art Foundation 2012 selection of "31 Women in Art Photography"
and was featured in the British Journal of Photography as one of 20 photographers to watch in 2013. Her 2015
monograph Transition published by Kerber Verlag received International Photography Awards 2015 First Prize in the
Fine Art Book category.
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