The Fractal Architectures
Temporary Exhibitions, Hood Downtown
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 / Laetitia Soulier
Visit Laetitia Soulier's website to learn more about her and her work.