When thinking of an artist that focused on swimming pools, we cannot help but think of David Hockney immediately.
Yet even beyond the world of fine arts, we encounter this place: Karine Laval photographically deals with the paddling pool of dreams: ‘Mise en abyme’ is the name of her new series. A picture that contains itself.
To the artist, pools are a metaphor, a mirror that reflects the surroundings on its surface on the one hand and is a gate to another dimension on the other.
The photographs look just like illustrations or collages, which play with reflections and forms, blurring the fine line between the real and the surreal.
Karine Laval was born in Paris, 1971 and lives in New York. Her works have been published in the most renowned publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The Sunday Telegraph and Le Figaro Magazine. The artist can look back on numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe.
Karine Laval – Mis en abyme
Bonni Benrubi Gallery
41 East 57th Street, 13th Floor
Until 19th of March 2011
Tue – Sat, 10am – 6pm