Moving to the basement level (which in the Golden Twenties housed the dance room that gave the gallery its name), the layout of the exhibition reconstructs a monumentality of space, as is evident in the large format prints of the series In Search of the First Line.
The images in Observatoires emphasise Noémie Goudal’s obsession with the formal reproduction of space. The architectural objects reproduced restore allegorically the contact between different, obscure and unknown spatial realities. The work illustrates the power of photography as a two-dimensional object able to construct and reproduce the three-dimensionality of places. But the image is not the result of a process of research and observation. Noémie Goudal investigates symbolic architectural shapes to photograph them, reproducing them on A4 sheets, and then reconstructing their mise-en-scène with a theatre wing constituted by a place that is enigmatic and metaphysical in its basic essence. The revelation of the fiction through the artist’s voluntary highlighting of the two-dimensionality of the image makes these objects even more enigmatic, emphasised too by their direct relationship with the background.
until 8 May 2016
Noémie Goudal – Cinquième corps
Impasse de la Défense 6, Paris