Traces of the Material World: Jessica Backhaus, Capucine Bourcart, and Paola Ferrario
Opening reception: September 7, 7PM - 9PM
On view: September 8 - October 8, 2017
happylucky no.1 is pleased to announce Traces of the Material World featuring artists Paola Ferrario, Capucine Bourcart, and Jessica Backhaus, each in her own way, focuses on vernacular imagery – snippets of graffiti, the patched-up hood of a car, a length of string twisted in the sun – transforming the most pedestrian of things into compact visual poems. Their observational images reframe and recontextualize small, ordinary scenes, drawing our attention to the material world.
The thread connecting these different bodies of work is their ability to draw out “the expressive possibilities of the detail,” as John Szarkowski put it in his introduction to William Eggleston’s Guide. All three artists can be described as traditionalists, photographically speaking. There’s little digital trickery or manipulation in their prints. Rather, the work has to do with a distinctly photographic way of looking and a democratic approach to their medium. These photographers are not ruled by any external hierarchy determining the proper subject matter for a work of art, but rather by a finely tuned internal sense of color and composition. A scrap of signage or the leopard print tape on the wheel well of a car, it’s all there for these mindful observers.
This show has been curated by Jean Dykstra.