Laurent Dequick

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is a modern art museum situated on Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side of New York. Opened in 21/10/1959, this museum?s collections are exclusively dedicated to non-figurative art. Designed as a shell to house modern art, the interior and exterior architecture of the building is revolutionary. The museum space has a helix structure where the visitor reaches the top first of all, then progressively descends until the ground level by a slightly inclined ramp: the exhibition room notion disappears therefore in favour of the continuity of presentation. This helix structure is found on the outside façade. Dequick pays tribute to this unusual museum conception with his photographic processing dedicated to the Guggenheim. He takes several photos that he superimposes. The iconographic repetition of the helix structure lends movement to the ensemble. The building seems to soar into the air in a vortex.

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The Artist
Laurent Dequick

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.

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