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Laetitia Soulier

The Fractal Architectures

September 16, 2016, through December 11, 2016
Laetitia Soulier: The Fractal Architectures on view at Hood Downtown through December 11, 2016. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Laetitia Soulier: The Fractal Architectures on view at Hood Downtown through December 11, 2016. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Laetitia Soulier, The Square Roots Wall Installation, from the series titled The Fractal Architectures, 2016, mixed media. Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and the artist. © Laetitia Soulier. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Laetitia Soulier, The Square Roots Wall Installation, from the series titled The Fractal Architectures, 2016, mixed media. Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and the artist. © Laetitia Soulier. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Laetitia Soulier, Self-portrait, from the series titled The Fractal Architectures, 2016, C-print. Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and the artist. © Laetitia Soulier

Laetitia Soulier, Self-portrait, from the series titled The Fractal Architectures, 2016, C-print. Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and the artist. © Laetitia Soulier

Laetitia Soulier, The Matryoshka Dolls Sculpture, from the series titled The Fractal Architectures, 2015, mixed-media. Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and the artist. © Laetitia Soulier

Laetitia Soulier, The Matryoshka Dolls Sculpture, from the series titled The Fractal Architectures, 2015, mixed-media. Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and the artist. © Laetitia Soulier. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and the artist. © Laetitia Soulier. Photo by Allison Palizzolo.

Laetitia Soulier, The Matryoshka Dolls Sculpture, from the series titled The Fractal Architectures, 2015, mixed-media. Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and the artist. © Laetitia Soulier. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Laetitia Soulier, The Matryoshka Dolls 2, from the series titled The Fractal Architectures, 2011, C-print. Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and the artist. © Laetitia Soulier

Laetitia Soulier, The Matryoshka Dolls 2, from the series titled The Fractal Architectures, 2011, C-print. Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and the artist. © Laetitia Soulier

Laetitia Soulier, The Matryoshka Dolls 3 from The Fractal Architecture Series, 2015, C-print. Image courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery, NY. © Laetitia Soulie

Laetitia Soulier, The Matryoshka Dolls 3, from the series titled The Fractal Architectures, 2012, C-print. Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and the artist. © Laetitia Soulier

Laetitia Soulier, The Square Roots 1 from The Fractal Architecture Series, 2014, C-print. Image courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery, NY. © Laetitia Soulier

Laetitia Soulier, The Square Roots 1, from the series titled The Fractal Architectures, 2013, C-print. Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and the artist. © Laetitia Soulier

Laetitia Soulier, The Square Roots 2, from the series titled The Fractal Architectures, 2014, C-print. Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and the artist. © Laetitia Soulier

Laetitia Soulier, The Square Roots 2, from the series titled The Fractal Architectures, 2014, C-print. Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and the artist. © Laetitia Soulier

Laetitia Soulier, The Square Roots 3 from The Fractal Architecture Series, 2014, C-print. Image courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery, NY. © Laetitia Soulier

Laetitia Soulier, The Square Roots 3, from the series titled The Fractal Architectures, 2014, C-print. Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery and the artist. © Laetitia Soulier

Location: Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH

The inaugural exhibition at the Hood Downtown Exhibition Space will feature the work of contemporary French photographer Laetitia Soulier. She bases her images and sculptures on the idea of fractal geometry, where each area has a direct scale relationship to the other—understanding a fraction of the world she creates implies comprehension of the whole. Of course, she enjoys simultaneously breaking these rules in her images with the addition of people, whose presence defies the otherwise logical scale relations. In this way, her work mixes logic and magic seamlessly, in a manner consistent with a certain stage in childhood development.

To achieve her effects, she builds carefully handcrafted models that are stages for the single lens of a camera. For each photograph she creates an entire universe. For each series of photographs—“The Matryoshka Dolls” and “The Square Roots”— the visual themes are constant, and many of the furniture pieces are reused, but the set is remade for each individual image. Despite laboring over the models for months, she still applies post-production to her work as well, to merge the various elements we see, and especially to get the lighting the way she wants it. Soulier moves effortlessly, and without prejudice, between the tools of the hand and those offered by the computer—between pliers and Photoshop.

More recently, she has created sculptures that replicate the worlds of each series. These are not the exact models used to make the photographs (those were open sets that lent themselves to the frontality of photography). These are fresh constructions that evoke the same wonder as the photographs but in a three-dimensional realm. Together, her photographs and sculptures present a world where science and mystery coexist, where the ordinary and extraordinary are equally revelatory.

 

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, and generously supported by the Charles Gilman Family Endowment.
Curated by John R. Stomberg Ph.D, Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director / Laetitia Soulier, Multimedia artist

Press release 

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External resources 

Visit Laetitia Soulier's website to learn more about her and her work.

Related events 

Sep 15
Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH
4:00PM
Conversation (and Champagne) with a Curator: Preview of the New Hood Downtown Exhibition Space and "Laetitia Soulier: Fractal Architectures"
Sep 15
Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH
5:00PM
Dartmouth student free opening reception for the inaugural Hood Downtown exhibition.
Sep 16
Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH
6:00PM
Current members are invited to explore the new Hood Downtown exhibition space, enjoy a complimentary wine and cheese reception and meet artist Laetitia Soulier.
Sep 16
Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH
7:00PM
Explore the new Hood Downtown exhibition space for a wine and cheese reception and meet artist Laetitia Soulier.
Sep 17
Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH
2:00PM
Join us for the first in a continuing series of "Conversations and Connections."
Sep 29
Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH
5:00PM
The Hood Museum of Art may be closed but Hood Downtown is open!
Oct 13
Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH
7:00PM
Drop in and bring a friend to sketch from still lives and works on view while enjoying light refreshments.
Oct 20
Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH
6:30PM
Try your hand at creative writing using Laetitia Soulier’s photographs of fractal geometries and miniature architectural worlds as inspiration.
Nov 05
Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH
1:30PM
In this workshop, children will learn about how photographer Laetitia Soulier creates miniature architectural models and then uses the models to create intricate photographs.
Nov 10
Hood Downtown and Robert's Flowers of Hanover
5:30PM
“Geometry of Nature”

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