LAURENT DEQUICK

TORONTO - FLATIRON BUILDING

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This 40 year old photographer is an architect by profession. There are signs of this in his work as it is first of all a reflection on contemporary cities and more specifically aboutthe proliferation of modern urban space. Laurent Dequick’s purpose is to accurately convey an impression of frenzy which results from a density of population and activity in urban areas: « Along the streets, the lights, the noise, the traffic, the swarms of pedestrians, the blend of smells, are so fascinating that no single shot can entirely capture it. Do choices have to be made? I don’t think so: I don’t want to… »To translate this urban life congestion into an image, the photographer does not shy away from the juxtaposition, superposition or inlaying of shots. With the same intensity he overlaps photographs representing architectural complexes, main traffic routes and people. He condenses the images like the city condenses the sum of its inhabitants’ lives. Dequick’s style is reminiscent of cubism in its execution close to abstraction andin his representation of permanent movement.  ... See more See less

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I am an unconditional lover of Venice. It is a city rooted in the past; it has changed very little in three centuries, owing to its very structure.

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Laurent Dequick once again moves away from the traditional representation that we have of the contemporary city in order to present a highly poetic vision that borrows from the Cubist movement. On his escapades, he captures many monuments and locations that serve as incontestable witnesses of history and of the influence of the major global metropolises. The urban freneticism and hyperactivity that he likes to represent are expressed by a condensation of shooting angles, which draw the spectator's eye. Through this interplay of superpositions, Laurent Dequick notably evokes Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase in which the expressiveness of the lines reveals the movement within the painting. The photographer leads us into the North American city of Toronto to discover the strange Gooderham Building located in the neighbourhood of the old town, nicknamed ?Flatiron Building? owing to its original triangular structure that evokes the shape of a domestic iron.

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31 March 2017

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