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July 1 – September 4 2021

Mac Adams, Dove Allouche: The Invisible Image

What is exposed behind the surface? What makes a place a crime scene? How do the forms that elude people’s limited sense of sight become visible, creating links between microscopic spores and the unreachable corners of the universe?

The exhibition The Invisible Image, originally presented at Sfeir-Semler Hamburg in 2021, proposes a take on these questions, showing works that move around the notion of the documentary, testing the spectator’s imagination in the unfolding of their stories.

Mac Adams, Gone from my Sight, 2019

Four inkjet color photographs on archive paper, glass, wood
Glass 198 x 68 cm
Shelf 47 x 13 x 13 cm
Edition of 3 +1 A.P.

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Mac Adams, Greta, 1981

Wood, fragment of tiles, powder, cigarette, B&W photograph
Photo 18 x 13 cm fragment 30,5 x 39 x 4,8 cm
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Mac Adams, Candy, 1981

Piece of plinth, wood, glass, glitter,
B&W photograph
Photo: 18 x 13 cm
Fragment: 24,5 x 47,5 x 6,4 cm
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The exhibition presents the work of Mac Adams (b. 1943 in Brynmawr, South Wales, lives and works in New York State), alongside that of Dove Allouche (b. 1972 in Sarcelles, lives and works in Paris).

Dove Allouche, Penicillium Glandicola CNCS6_60, 2016

Photolithograph, hand blown crown glass
48 x 48 x 5 cm (framed)
Framed 48 x 48 x 5 cm
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Dove Allouche, Penicillium Chrysogenum myc 30_61, 2016

Photolithograph, hand blown crown glass
Framed 48 x 48 x 5 cm
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Dove Allouche, Aspergillus Pénicilloïdes 5226_62, 2016

Photolithograph, hand blown crown glass
Framed 48 x 48 x 5 cm
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Mac Adams, Mystery, The Whisper, 1976

b&w photograph, silver print
93 x 102 cm each
framed
Edition of 3 + 1 A.P.

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Mac Adams, Mystery, Conversation, 1975

Color photograph
33 x 50.8 cm
Framed 36 x 52.5 x 3 cm
Edition of 3 + 1 A.P.

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Mac Adams explores the narrative potential of photography, composing and constructing scenes that play on the limits of social norms. Potential victims and would-be assassins populate his compositions, held together by clues and mysterious insinuations. The story and its fragmented reading is essential in Adams’ work, a leading figure in the narrative photography movement of the 1970s.

Mac Adams, Cartography of a Crime, 2018

Photographs, ashtray, cigarettes, tape, light box, notes, pencil, glass cup of cafe, lamp
Variable dimensions
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Mac Adams, Mystery, Cardiff Bus Stop, 1975

B&W photograph, silver print
74.5 x 90 each
Framed
Edition of 3 + 1 A.P.

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Mac Adams, Scarfs, 1975

Collage vintage B&W photograph, silver gelatin print
19 x 49 cm each
Framed 104 x 78 x 2,5 cm
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Dove Allouche, Before Present, 2018

Set of 3 physautotypes, essence of lavender, ethanol and silver-plated copper petroleum vapors
24 x 18 cm
Framed 46 x 40 x 3.5 cm
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Dove Allouche, Phaeosphaeria Juncophila R39_57, 2016

Photolithograph, hand blown crown glass
Framed 48 x 48 x 5 cm
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In his own words, Dove Allouche’s approach is one of a presbyope, one that looses progressively the ability to focus clearly on close objects and thus, has to approach them even further, concentrating deeply on what lays behind the most superficially visible.

Dove Allouche, Sunflower_34, 2016

Pure silver and tin base on unexposed Cibachrome paper mounted on aluminium
180 x 126 cm
Framed 197 x 144 x 5 cm
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Dove Allouche, Perle_4, 2018

Photolithograph, hand blown crown glass
Framed 48 x 48 x 5 cm
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Dove Allouche, Perle_6, 2018

Photolithograph, hand blown crown glass
Framed 48 x 48 x 5 cm
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Dove Allouche, Sunflower_35, 2016

Pure silver and tin base on unexposed Cibachrome paper mounted on aluminium
180 x 126 cm
Framed 197 x 144 x 5 cm
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Dove Allouche, Perle_10, 2018

Photolithograph, hand blown crown glass
Framed 48 x 48 x 5 cm
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Often employing scientific approaches and historical techniques, Allouche creates works in varying media -drawing, printmaking, and photography with sculptural elements -blown glass, in the case of Pearls and Funghi- that complexify his unique and poetic mural works.

Dove Allouche, Absorption Line_15, 2019

Pure platinum print on paper
180 x 120 cm
framed 197 x 144 x 5 cm
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Dove Allouche, Gas and Dust V, 2021

Graphite, ink on paper, hand blown colored glass
Framed 87 x 67 x 4 cm
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Dove Allouche, Gas and Dust IV, 2021

Graphite, ink on paper, hand blown colored glass
Framed 87 x 67 x 4 cm
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This exhibition benefited from the support for galleries / exhibitions of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques.

All exhibition views by Volker Renner, otherwise photos by Aurélien Mole.