THE INVERTED GHOST
JANUARY 7 – FEBRUARY 6, 2010
513 WEST 20TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10011
The Inverted Ghost
January 7 - February 6, 2010
Opening reception: Thursday, January 7th, 6 - 8 pm
Jack Shainman Gallery is pleased to present Pascal Grandmaison's inaugural solo exhibition at the gallery and in New York.
Grandmaison has become known for the contemplative themes of his large-scale photographs and works in film and video. Capturing a psychological complexity through a minimal and detached perspective, his diverse subjects range from pensive portrait images to deep meditation on the legacies of modernist architecture and an ongoing analysis of the operations of photography and filmmaking.
Grandmaison refers to this exhibition (which includes a number of large-scale photographic diptychs and two films) as an exploration of reality and truth, how we deal with the transformation of fact, and how subjectiveness can create an illusion of the real. The title of the exhibition "The Inverted Ghost" posits the idea of the polarization between reality and fiction with the ghost alluding to both that which is hidden and that which is invisible. Six photographic diptychs of the same name visually present the "The Inverted Ghost" as an abstract monster-like form made of viscous black oil, split in two, its eyes vacuous holes. The color black represents what might lie beneath, (the inversion of ), the white sheet that typically gives the ghost it's form.
Two other photographic diptych's, Hoping the Light Will Save Us I and II, (both mirror images, one of an eye, the other of a hand extended bracing a rock), and a single photograph, Fake Imagery of a World Upside Down, (depicting a man falling from the ground as if gravity has been inversed), continue Grandmaison's exploration of the natural and supernatural worlds. All three works are inspired by "Moon Rocks" a book about the collection, storage, and study of moon rocks. Rock, which is physically solid, becomes a metaphor for fact. The moon, and the green and bluish tint of the images, refers to Wittgenstein's "Remarks on Color" and science-fiction. This constant pull between reality and fiction and dichotomies is typical of Grandmaison's work which grapples with the complexity of our physical and psychological existence.
Light My Fiction, the most recent of the two films on view, deals with the crossover between and evolution of physical and virtual forms of entertainment. Juxtaposing images from abandoned amusement parks including the one on Coney Island with those of video game consoles from different decades, Grandmaison shows how entertainment has been transformed from a relational experience to a singular game comprised of a complex arrangement of fictional time and virtual space. In The Neutrality Escape Grandmaison similarly takes equipment from another decade, the 16 mm movie camera, Eclair NPR, fabricated in 1963, as his subject. At the time many considered the Eclair movie camera the equivalent of independent cinema due to its portability, and due to the coincidence of its introduction in the medium with "cinema verite". Grandmaison uses the equally revolutionary freedom and acuity of today's camera to render the original mechanical and optical instrument as the power and force of liberty that was sought at the time of its invention.
Grandmaison uses the latest technology to explore the present and beyond while constantly referencing the past without a trace of nostalgia. With one foot grounded in reality and the other set free from gravity's pull he transforms "details of everyday objects into monumental objects fraught with ideas, he suggests a confluence of creative and mechanical processes. The things we invent or design - such as buildings, cameras, or books - are creative expressions. Like photographs, they help to frame our understanding of the world. Grandmaison's images remind us that we are the architects of our own perceptual limitations, and that the creative instinct is bound only by the limits of our own imaginations."
Pascal Grandmaison was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1975. He earned his degree in visual art from UQAM (Montreal) and has exhibited extensively in Canada and Europe. Most recently his work was the subject of "Le Grand Jour" and "Double Take", two one-person shows at Carleton University Art Gallery, 2008, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton 2008-2009, (Canada), for which the two institutions co-produced a catalogue. Grandmaison has also mounted solo exhibitions at Galerie BF 15 (Lyon, France), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Galerie B-312 and Espace Vox (Montreal). In 2006 he had an important solo exhibition at the Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal that toured to the National Gallery of Canada. He has been included in group exhibitions at the Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemoporary Canadian Art (Toronto), Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain (Luxembroug), as well as the Prague Biennial 2005.
Grandmaison will have a solo exhibition at the Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain (Luxembourg), in 2011.
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm beginning January 7th. For additional information and photographic material please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming exhibitions include El Anatsui, opening Febuary 11th, on view through March 13th. Ross Rudel and Todd Hebert open March 18th, on view through April 17th, 2010.