Timescape. These images can be seen as aesthetic attestations, or as unusual, sensorial complexes of rhythmic qualities. At the same time, they comprise a distinctive repository of subjective experience.
Eric Bourret is an “artist walker”. His work has been influenced by English land artists
and landscape photographers.
Since the start of the 1990s, he has been travelling the world on foot, over every kind of terrain and at every altitude, making images he sees as “experiences of walking, experiences of the visible”.
Bourret’s expeditions can last for anything from a week to several months. But he always applies the same protocol. He superimposes a number of views of each scene so that the geological and human time scales merge.
With the multiple reiterations of the initial image, a part of it disintegrates on the surface of the film before taking concrete form. The final result represents a summation of different memories into a “temporal layering” that is vibrant, oscillatory, almost animated.
The practice of “walking photography” can also take the measure of a landscape, and of walking itself, in sequences of images that are more factual, with the insertion of dates and places, distances and durations.
These images can be seen as aesthetic attestations, or as unusual, sensorial complexes of rhythmic qualities. At the same time, they comprise a distinctive repository of subjective experience. As Bourret himself says: “I’m made up of the landscapes I traverse, and which also traverse me. I see photographic images as receptacles of form, energy and sense.”
Eric Bourret lives, walks and photographs in Marseille, in the Alps and in the Himalayas. In 2015, he participates to the 56th Venice Biennale and publishes two books, including a retrospective of his work since 2005. His work is part of many public and private collections and museums in Europe and in the United States.
Image: Eric Bourret, Timescape.
Opening: monday, June 15th, 2015, from 6 to 9 pm. The artist will be present.
36 rue Falguière.
75015 Paris .
thu. - sat. 14h - 18h.