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Climax II, 2003, photogram, 15.5 x 20 inches

Françoise & Daniel Cartier »


Exhibition: – 6 Dec 2015

Thu 5 Nov 18:00

elizabeth houston gallery

34 east 1st street
NY 10003 New York

elizabeth houston gallery

190 Orchard Street
NY 10002 New York



Wed-Sun 12-19

Climax VII, 2003, photogram, 15.5 x 20 inches

F&D Cartier

November 5 - December 6, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 5, 6-8 pm

The work of artist duo F&D Cartier combines the talent and vision of sculptor Francoise and photographer Daniel Cartier. The two began working in collaboration in 1995 and began exhibiting as F&D Cartier in 1998. The exhibition Roses features a body of photograms, produced with a “camera-less” photographic process through which F&D Cartier created a body of images by placing contemporary objects onto photographic light sensitive paper and exposing the set up in natural light. The vintage process yields a photographic record of the chemical process, the kind of image evocative of an X-ray. With the rise of digital photography in Contemporary art and media, photographic fundamentalism and an interest in returning back to the quintessence of photography and its alternative processes has surged through the Cartier’s practice.

Produced with conceptual vision and genuine process, the images in the series Roses depicts the floating figure of a bra illuminated against a rose pink background. Critic Karl Edward Johnson notes in an article titled “In the Pink” reflecting on the Cartier’s book entitled ROSES, the color pink holds “a reputation for evoking common and uncommon subject matter: frivolity, sexuality, toys, effeminacy, human organs, meat, flowers, bouts of bad taste, and more. Except perhaps for blue, no other color has ever been used or abused to quite the same extent in order to interpret or misinterpret beauty.” F&D Cartier work attempts to examine and expose the allusive qualities of these contemporary connotations.

Climax IX, 2003, photogram, 15.5 x 20 inches

In this exhibition, the photograms reveal themselves as dream like concoctions shifting amid the discrepancy between existence and appearance. With suggestions of erotic gesture and femininity the images oscillate between objectification and fragile fantasy. Furthermore, within the intimate sphere of lingerie and in an industry of images that reduce women to objects of sexual desire, the Cartier’s images expose visual allusion and allow the photograms to emphasize the absence of that which they usually hide.

With the silhouette of each garment fading in and out its transparent halo, these provocative photograms combine clinical objectivity with poetic mystery. Un-afflicted with capturing minutia or momentary flight through images, the Cartiers rather are interested in providing both the essence and allusion of their displays.

The limited edition book, Roses: Francoise and Daniel Cartier published by Arthur Niggli, is available through the gallery.

About the artists:
Francoise Cartier attended Kuntstschule, Bern, Switzerland & Daniel Cartier attended Zürcher Hochule der Künste, Zurich. Switzerland. Exhibiting for over 40 years, F&D Cartier are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; Swiss Foundation for Photography, Winterthur, Switzerland ; Musée de L’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark ; Kunstammlung F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Basel, Switzerland; Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM), Brazil and The Portland Art Museum, OR. F&D Cartier were honored with the National Endowment of the Arts Creativity Grant.

Climax I, 2003, photogram, 15.5 x 20 inches