murmuration detail

murmuration detail

Murmuration multiple, 2015

  • 90 x 60 cm | ed. 100 | € 500,- ex frame
Murmuration multiple

Murmuration #07, 2014

  • Inkjet on Hahnemühle Baryt, mounted on dibond
  • 127 x 180 cm (edition 5 + 2 ap)
Murmuration #07

Murmuration #06, 2014

  • Inkjet on Hahnemühle Baryt, mounted on dibond
  • 127 x 180 cm (edition 5 + 2 ap)
Murmuration #06

Murmuration #01, 2014

  • Inkjet on Hahnemühle Baryt, mounted on dibond
  • 127 x 180 cm (edition 5 + 2 ap)
Murmuration #01

Murmuration #02, 2014

  • Inkjet on Hahnemühle Baryt, mounted on dibond
  • 127 x 180 cm (edition 5 + 2 ap)
Murmuration #02

Murmuration #02 (detail)

Murmuration #02 (detail)

Murmuration #03, 2014

  • Inkjet on Hahnemühle Baryt, mounted on dibond
  • 127 x 180 cm (edition 5 + 2 ap)
Murmuration #03

Murmuration #13, 2014

  • Inkjet on Hahnemühle Baryt, mounted on dibond
  • 127 x 180 cm (edition 5 + 2 ap)
Murmuration #13

Murmuration #14, 2014

  • Inkjet on Hahnemühle Baryt, mounted on dibond
  • 127 x 180 cm (edition 5 + 2 ap)
Murmuration #14

Murmuration #12, 2014

  • Inkjet on Hahnemühle Baryt, mounted on dibond
  • 127 x 180 cm (edition 5 + 2 ap)
Murmuration #12

Murmuration #11, 2014

  • Inkjet on Hahnemühle Baryt, mounted on dibond
  • 127 x 180 cm (edition 5 + 2 ap)
Murmuration #11

Murmuration #05, 2014

  • Inkjet on Hahnemühle Baryt, mounted on dibond
  • 127 x 180 cm (edition 5 + 2 ap)
Murmuration #05

Murmuration #08, 2014

  • Inkjet on Hahnemühle Baryt, mounted on dibond
  • 127 x 180 cm (edition 5 + 2 ap)
Murmuration #08

Murmuration #08 (detail)

Murmuration #08 (detail)

Murmuration #09, 2014

  • Inkjet on Hahnemühle Baryt, mounted on dibond
  • 127 x 180 cm (edition 5 + 2 ap)
Murmuration #09

Murmuration #10, 2014

  • Inkjet on Hahnemühle Baryt, mounted on dibond
  • 127 x 180 cm (edition 5 + 2 ap)
Murmuration #10

Totem #10, 2011

  • lambdaprint on dibond
  • 80 x 120 cm
Totem #10

Totem #3, 2011

  • lambdaprint on dibond
  • 120 x 80 cm
Totem #3

Totem #8, 2011

  • lambdaprint on dibond
  • 80 x 120 cm
Totem #8

Totem #13, 2011

  • lambdaprint on dibond
  • 80 x 120 cm
Totem #13

Totem #4, 2011

  • lambdaprint on dibond
  • 80 x 120 cm
Totem #4

Totem #5, 2011

  • lambdaprint on dibond
  • 80 x 120 cm
Totem #5

Totem #7, 2011

  • lambdaprint on dibond
  • 80 x 120 cm
Totem #7

Totem #12, 2011

  • lambdaprint on dibond
  • 80 x 120 cm
Totem #12

Totem #11, 2011

  • lamdaprint on dibond
  • 80 x 120 cm
Totem #11

Alain Delorme

Alain Delorme, a French photographer, born in 1979, never ceases in making us doubt. Whether with his first successful series Little Dolls (2007), his second series Totems (2010), or his most recent series Murmurations (2014-15), the spectator is always left wondering where the truth ends and where  fiction begins. Alain Delorme manages to lure his viewers into reflecting upon a wide variety of current topics, debating via his works. As you can see by close inspection, the photos are quite deceiving and do not depict a flock of starling birds in formation but are actually built up of 100.000 plastic bags! With this project he challenges environmental issues as over-use of plastics.

For information on ‘Murmurations’ click here

On “Murmurations” by By Raphaële Bertho:

A distant rustle, puffs of air: a swarm forms and rises in the breeze, drawing elegant arabesques in a sky full of shimmering reflections of light. At first, the works of Alain Delorme capture the magic of the first fleeting beauty of a flock of birds, a Murmuration. However, this initial charm soon vanishes when the viewer takes a closer look, notices the clever deception, and discovers what is really behind the graceful flocks, the sometimes aquatic, sometimes calligraphic shapes: thousands of plastic bags, meticulously arranged by the artist, their massive presence threatening to asphyxiate the horizon.
This work is located at the crossroads between various visual cultures and diverse artistic heritage, primarily cinematic: Murmuration seems like an improbable blend of the sight of the plastic bag which in American Beauty (1999) swirls around almost hypnotically, and the vision of The Birds in Hitchcock’s great classic from 1963. Both play with the reversal of perspective: the Master of Fear builds his plot on the inexplicable aggression of actually harmless animals, while the scene captured by the amateur filmmaker seems to unveil the beauty and delicacy of an otherwise ungainly object.
More generally, Delorme’s digital creations echo land art installations –presenting natural spaces that have been physically transformed in order to question their fate and vulnerability. Finally, in this work, Delorme revisits accumulation; a recurrent theme of the New Realists also leveraged in Delorme’s previous series- using absurdity to bring attention to the excesses of modern society.
By choosing such a common and universal artifact, the commentary takes on a global relevance. The context of the images is only hinted at, without explicit geographic positioning. The outline of our proud industrial societies, factory chimneys and power lines stand out as shadows playing against a sky that is bathed in a twilight that seems to announce the end of an era. Because the plastic bag poses a truly universal threat: it invades urban surroundings, litters natural habitats, paves seabed, and takes over deserts.
Through this “trompe l’oeil,” Alain Delorme steps away from any militant position, favoring the process of gradual awareness. He cuts out, assembles and arranges the elements of both a fictional and probable reality into one image that projects the sunsets of our tomorrow. Looking towards the sky, one may recall the title of the famous 1975 photo exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape, an exhibit that led us to question the future of industrial society. With this in mind, one could modify the title of the current show to Man-Altered “Sky” scape. When the artist contaminates our dreams…

“Little dolls”, the series that launched his career by earning him the 2007 Arcimboldo 1st prize, depicts little girls, with almost scarily perfect, womanly faces, standing behind just as pristine party cakes. This physical hybridization hides the more serious one of children’s status in society. Whether one gives the example of children actors sometimes being pushed to their limits or beauty competitions for little girls, children are slowly losing right to their childhood and innocence and being asked, as underline the menacing hands present on each photo, to grow into adults or standardized Barbie lolitas.

“Totems”, though covering entirely different topics, shares with “Little dolls” its bright comic book colors and shapes, and can you believe it? effect. The photos were taken in the streets of Shanghai, on the occasion of two residencies there financed by the Ailing foundation. The viewer is immerged into a world of exaggerated accumulation, of both everyday objects and towering buildings, an accumulation that has rendered society a slave to the objects it has itself created. Yet, despite the omnipresence of material goods, Alain Delorme does not neglect individuals in his photos, quite on the contrary he focuses on them, their facial expressions, their activity, he has taken them out of the usual crowds we tend to imagine them lost in, in China. Finally, Alain has captured the physical, city translation of the economic growth Shanghai is presently undergoing, in the skyscrapers shooting up in the background, whilst not forgetting to qualify its success with the walls separating a large part of the population from it.

Curriculum Vitae:

Alain Delorme (France, 1979)

Education:

Diplômé des Gobelins, section photographie, l’école de l’image, Paris.
Maitrise des sciences et techniques en Photographie, Université Paris VIII.

Solo shows:

2015   Galerie Rutger Brandt, Amsterdam, Hollande.
2015   MAC Créteil, France.
2015   Base Tara Expeditions, Paris, France.
2014   Galerie Cédric Bacqueville, Lille, France.
2014   Galerie Le Lieu, Lorient, France.
2013   Galerie Taubert Contemporary, Berlin, Germany.
2013   Le Radar, Bayeux, France.
2012   Galerie Magda Danysz, Shanghai, Chine.
2012   Galerie Bacqueville, Lille, France.
2012   FTC Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
2011   Centre d’art Image/Imatge, Orthez, France.
2011   Salle Rekalde, Bilbao, Espagne.
2011   Galerie Brandt, Amsterdam, Hollande.
2011   Le Bon Marché / Rive Gauche, Paris, France.
2010   Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France.
2008   Galerie 360°, Tokyo, Japan.
2007   Galerie Cosmos , Paris, France.
2006   Centre d’art Image/Imatge, Orthez, France.

Group shows:

2015   “The London Project”, galerie Magda Danysz, Londres, Angleterre.
2015   Mons 2015, “Free Wheeling”, Salle Calva de Jemappes, Jemappes, Belgique.
2015   “Beyond Plastic Med”, Galerie des Pecheurs, Principauté de Monaco.
2013   “Choices”, Galerie Magda Danysz, Shanghai, Chine.
2013   “Inaugurations partagées”, Galerie Bacqueville, Lille, France.
2013   “Free Ride Art Space”, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italie
2012   Festival Images, Vevey, Suisse.
2012   “Overlook”, galerie Magda Danysz, Shanghai, Chine.
2012   “Free Ride Art Space”, BWA gallery, Wroclaw Pologne.
2011   “Paris Forever”, galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France.
2011   Mapamundistas, Pampelune, Spain.
2011   Galerie Le Lieu, Lorient, France.
2011   Galerie Photo 12/ Valérie-Anne Giscard d’Estaing, Paris, France.
2011   20ème mois de l’Image, Dieppe, France.
2011   Galerie de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Nancy, France.
2011   Kyungpook National University Art Museum, Daegu, South Korea.
2010   10 ans du Prix Arcimboldo, L’imagerie de Lannion, France.
2009   Festival International de Photographie, Séoul, South Korea.
2009   Atelier Brognard, Rueil-Malmaison, France.
2009   Arthotèque de Pessac, Les Arts au mur, Pessac, France.
2009   Jeune Collection II, galerie Couteron, Paris, France.
2009   Musée du Montparnasse, Paris, France.
2008   ”The Drawing Hand”, galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France.
2008   21e Rencontres Photographiques de Solignac, Limoges, France.
2008   9e Transphotographiques, Tri Postal, Lille, France.
2007   29e Estivales Photographiques du Trégor, l’imagerie de Lannion, France.
2007   Voies Off, Arles, France.
2007   “Play”, galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France.
2006   Tongli Young Photography Festival, Tongli, Chine.
2005   Centre Culturel Jean-Houdremont , La Courneuve, France.
2004   Boltanski Gallery, Blanc-Mesnil Cultural Center, France.
2003   Résonances industrielles, L’Usine, Plaine Saint-Denis, France.

Awards:

2013   Nomination Prix Pictet “Consumption” (Totems)
2007   Prix Arcimboldo, Gens d’Image, Paris, France.

Publications:

Beaux-Arts Magazine, Le Monde, Newsweek, The Independant, Books, Air France Magazine, Der Spiegel, Ouest France, European Photography, O Globo, GUP, Connaissance des Arts, Corriere Della Serra, Het Parool, Les inrockuptibles, The Sunday Telegraph, Zoom, De Telegraff, Photo, The Atlantic, Io Donna, Azart photo, Milk, Vogue, De Morgen, Causette, Marie-Claire, le Nouvel Observateur, Surface, Elle déco, The Observer…

 

 

 

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