Charlotte Dumas


November 4 - December 23, 2010

The Julie Saul Gallery would like to announce our first exhibition of works by Charlotte Dumas entitled Repose. The show will feature works from several of the artist's series of animal photographs including Reverie, Tiger Tiger, Heart Shaped Hole, and Heart of a Dog. In each of these projects, Dumas uses a medium format camera to highlight the intricacies of the relationship between humans and their animal counterparts, creating an intimate feeling between the viewer and her depictions of dogs while distancing the viewer from the more dangerous subjects of the wolf and tiger. Dumas inspires people to sympathize with the ever-caged animal, entrapped in a world dominated by the supreme mammal-human.

In her series Reverie (2005), Charlotte Dumas focused on the subject of wolves, travelling to Norway and Sweden to create portraits of the majestic canines. Despite her close proximity to the wolves in her photographs, Dumas reveals the vast distance between the world of humans and wolves as her photographs portray the wolf as an enigmatic, unfathomable being. Dumas traveled to the United States to create her series of tiger portraits entitled Tiger Tiger (2007), photographing these animals within the confines of zoos, parks, and sanctuaries, in Indiana and Texas. This project explores the dual role of the sanctuary as it restricts the animal from its natural habitat as well as protects it from extinction. In her most recent projects, Heart-Shaped Hole (2008) and Heart of a Dog (2009), Dumas photographed stray dogs in Palermo and New York City, shedding light on the plight of strays amidst the chaos of the urban environment.

Charlotte Dumas attended the Rietveld Academie of Amsterdam from 1996-2000 and later studied as a resident at the Rijksacademy for visual Arts in Amsterdam from 2001-2002. Dumas has participated in three different residences-- at ISCP in New York, Sintesi Cultura in Palermo, and Cité des Arts in Paris. There have been numerous publications of her work including Day is Done (2005), Palermo 7 (2006), and India (2008). A stunning book, Repose will accompany the exhibition and contains ten portraits of wolves, horses, dogs and tigers that Dumas has encountered in with her camera since 2005. The pages are inter-folded as loose sheets making it possible to view them as separate centerfolds. A full color index of portraits from each series presented prominently lines the inside the cover that firmly encases the work.

This project is supported, in part, by public funds from the Netherlands Cultural Services and the Mondriaan Foundation.

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