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Works by Alain Laboile and Dale Johnson at dnj Gallery

October 29, 2013 by Megan Koester in Upcoming Events with 0 Comments

dnj Gallery is pleased to announce two upcoming exhibitions with strong ties to France: La Famille by French photographer Alain Laboile in the main gallery, and Paris Portfolio by Dale Johnson in Gallery II. A reception for both exhibits, which run through January 4th, will take place Saturday, November 2nd from 6PM to 8PM.

Alain Laboile, Dune; Bordeaux, 2012

Alain Laboile, Dune; Bordeaux, 2012

Childhood is the central theme in Alain Laboile’s series. Using his own children as models, he seeks to evoke the universal yet fleeting qualities of childhood, including freedom, curiosity, and a lack of inhibition. Similar to the American photographer, Sally Mann, Laboile records a combination of spontaneous moments of childhood repose, revealing striking pictures of imaginative play. He explains: “Though my work is deeply personal, it’s also accessible, addressing human nature and allowing the viewer[s] to enter my world and reflect on their own childhoods.”

Alain Laboile, Merlin et Dune; Bordeaux, 2012

Alain Laboile, Merlin et Dune; Bordeaux, 2012

Dale Johnson, Les Bouquinistes, 2008

Dale Johnson, Les Bouquinistes, 2008

In her Paris Portfolio, Dale Johnson was inspired by her own family roots in the city and her family members’ connection to the arts there in the nineteenth century. She “wanted to ‘draw’ the ‘Old Paris’ – the City in its various facets; narrow lanes, old buildings, busy cafes and shops with their window displays.” She employs the method she has developed of shooting with a plastic camera lens on a sophisticated digital camera to give her images a soft and grainy effect, which she further enhances with an additional layer of texture.

Dale Johnson, St. Germain des Prés, 2008

Dale Johnson, St. Germain des Prés, 2008

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