Laetitia Soulier - Claire Oliver Gallery

Laetitia Soulier

At first look, the viewer may feel they have fallen into a Lewis Carrol novel; Laetitia Soulier’s works of art offer up a world where fantasy and reality intertwine not only to defy common logic but also to expose the constant fluctuation in human perceptions. Upon closer examination, we see we have been invited into the artist’s fastidious architectural world, a wondrous place of never-ending fractal recurrence. Incorporating her signature large-format photographs, handmade wall paper, sculptural dioramas, live topiaries and mechanical vignettes, Soulier’s works give the viewer more than a little peek into the artist’s studio practice.

August 2, 2018 to August 5, 2018

CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle WA

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It has become increasingly difficult to discern fact from fiction. Voyeurism is in, yet can we believe what we see? In today’s digitized, Instagram world, nothing is sure; one always must distrust. Photoshop naturalizes the false. Any image can be manipulated, cropped, retouched, enhanced, any sound altered, any voice “Auto-Tuned” until no authenticity remains. Reality T.V. is artifice with predictable narrative, directed and scripted dialogue, and post-production editing that seamlessly delivers emotional attachment and pleasure in between strategically placed commercial breaks. In “CelebReality” everyone can vicariously share Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame not so readily found in our work a day lives.

February 25, 2016 to April 10, 2016

Claire Oliver Gallery

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Conceiving her hyper-realistic sculptures for the unique point of view of the camera, Soulier’s “sets” are built for the monocular perspective of the lens. For every photograph she takes, a new “stage” is created. Each small book, basket or hat box is constructed by the artist; 3D modeling is never used in creating any part of her work. From concept to construction to the final printing of the photograph, the process can take up to a years’ time, depending on the complexity of the particular piece. The architecture of Soulier’s spaces is at once vast and claustrophobic; each room not only offers a glimpse of its recurrence elsewhere, but is also endlessly divisible into its component parts. The viewer senses that the only limits to the system are those imposed by his or her own field of vision.

Awards and Grants:

  • Creative Capital, Artist Boot Camp, NYC, United States – 2015
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC, Artist Summer Institute, NYC,
    United States – 2015
  • NYFA New York Foundation for the Art, Immigrant Artist Program, NYC,
    United States – 2013
  • Nominee for The Arte Laguna Prize, Venice, Italy – 2013
  • Artslant Showcase Juried Winner, United States – 2012
  • Multimedia category winner of the New York Photo Festival, United States – 2012
  • First Grand Prize of the Exposure Award, Aperture Foundation, United States – 2011
  • Nominee one of the best young artist 2011 Year in Review Competition,
    United States – 2011

Public Collection:

  • 21C Museum Hotel, Durham NC
  • Hood Museum of Art, Hanover NH

Exhibitions:

  • Seattle Art Fair, Claire Oliver Gallery, 2018
  • Hood Museum of Art, Hanover NH – Solo Exhibition – “The Fractal Architectures” – September 2016
  • Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC, United States – Solo Exhibition – March 2016
  • Claire Oliver, NYC, United States – Solo Exhibition – February 2016
  • Claire Oliver, NYC, United States – 2015
  • NYFA exhibition at Mckinsey & Company, curated by David C. Terry, NYC, United States – 2015
  • Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, curated by David C. Terry, NYC, United States – 2015
  • NYFA New York Foundation for the Arts, Face to Place, NYC, United States – 2015
  • Paris Scope, Mixed Greens Gallery, NYC, United States – 2015
  • Beasticon, Mark Miller Gallery, NYC, United States – 2014
  • Dumbo Arts Festival, NYC, United States – 2014
  • GIAF, Governor Island Art Fair, NYC, United States – Catalogue – 2014
  • Redux, Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC, United States – Solo Exhibition – 2014
  • Pangea, New York Foundation for the Arts, NYC, United States – 2013
  • Photoville, NYC, United States – 2013
  • Dumbo Arts Festival, NYC, United States – 2013
  • Arte Laguna Prize, Venice Arsenal Museum, Venice, Italy – 2013
  • See // Art Space, NYC, United States – 2012
  • Aperture Foundation, NYC, United States – Solo Exhibition – 2012
  • New York Photo Festival 2012, Multimedia category winner, NYC, United States – 2012
  • NordArt, Das Kunstwerk Carlshütte Art Center, Büdelsdorf, Germany – Catalogue – 2012
  • DUMBO Arts Festival, NYC, United States – 2011
  • Jade Associates, NYC, United States – 2008
  • La Jeune Création, La Bellevilloise, Paris, France – Catalogue – 2006
  • Les Vitrines Culturelles, RATP, Paris, France – Catalogue – 2005
  • Shopping, Les Beaux Arts de Paris, Paris, France – Catalogue – 2004
  • La Jeune Création, La Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France – Catalogue – 2004
  • Contemporary Creation, Glaz’art, Paris, France – 2003
  • Setsuzoku, Musashino Gallery, Tokyo, Japan – Catalogue – 2003
  • 21puissance12, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France – Catalogue and DVD -2003

Lectures and Panels:

  • Work Presentation at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC, United States – 2015
  • Work Presentation at the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation for the Arts, NYC, United States – 2015
  • Mentor for NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Program, NYC, United States – 2015
  • Studio visit with ICP, International Center for Photography, NYC, United States – 2015
  • NYFA Hall of Fame Benefit, Park Armory, NYC, United States – 2015
  • Work presentation at the Queens Museum, NYC, United States – 2013
  • Work presentation at the New York Foundation for the Arts, NYC, United States – 2013

Publications:

  • GIAF, Governor Island Art Fair 2014, Catalogue – 2014
  • Arte Laguna Exhibition 2013, Catalogue published by The Arte Laguna Museum – 2013
  • NordArt, Catalogue published by Das Kunstwerk Carlshütte Art center – 2012
  • La Jeune Création 06, Catalogue published by L’Atelier Graphique Saint Jean – 2006
  • Shopping, Catalogue published by Les Beaux-Arts de Paris – 2004
  • La Jeune Création 04, Catalogue published by Autographe – 2004
  • Setsuzoku, Catalogue, and DVD published by Les Beaux-Arts de Paris – 2003
  • 21puissance12, Catalogue and DVD published by Les Beaux-Arts de Paris – 2003

 


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