Choices Paris — NextLevel Galerie


Mixed media

Choices Paris
NextLevel Galerie

Past: May 21 → 22, 2016

NextLevel Galerie is thrilled to announce its participation at the edition of CHOICES 2016 and will show two artworks by John Chiara at the Palais de Tokyo in a group show co-curated by Laurent Le Bon and Emilie Bouvard, in parallel with his solo exhibition at the gallery.

San Francisco-based artist John Chiara (born in 1971) pushes the boundaries of the photographic medium through his choice of process and the mastery of its possibilities. His approach is distinguished by its incredible physicality and recalls the early days of the medium when artists dealt with heavy, awkward equipment and endured long exposure and development times. Chiara’s giant cameras, which he designed and built himself, are transported to locations on a flatbed trailer to produce one-of-a-kind large-scale prints. The design of the cameras, which is much like daguerreotype box cameras, allows the artist to simultaneously shoot and perform his darkroom work while images are recorded directly onto oversized photosensitive paper (not film). This process, which Chiara first discovered as a student in 1999, invites anomalies in his final prints and adds to the mystery and lyricism of his pictures.