Jan 17 - Feb 23Free
The Chimney is pleased to present Jacklighting, the first solo exhibition of French artist Anne-Charlotte Finel in the United States. The show will open on January 17 and continue until February 23.
Jacklighting refers to the nocturnal hunting practice of shining bright lights into a dark field in order to momentarily blind and stun animals. As if operating with a similar unnatural lighting system, the artist records transitory and ambiguous spaces through the lenses of her camera.
In three video projects, Finel captures urban, rural, and underground landscapes that resist clarity and intelligibility. She experiments with architectural broad shots, close-ups, and microscopic scale. Installed at different angles, heights and on various surfaces, the works on display at The Chimney explore the malleability of pixels, the abstraction and limits of perceived images.
The installation is accompanied by a sound piece by electro musician and artist Luc Kheradmand, Finel’s longtime collaborator. Amplifying the vibration of the images, the soundtrack borrows from machinery and synthetic noises to accentuate the viewer’s physical immersion.
In her videos, Finel slows down to the rhythm of her subjects and allows time to pass through the landscapes. The works do not force narratives nor do they attempt to present a nature isolated from man. No artificial lights are needed to reveal the traces left by our species. Jacklighting is a permanent state: the natural world is preyed upon at all times, intentionally or through the unintended ramifications of human-led actions. A brave observer our times, Finel tracks and contemplates without blinders the sites we inhabit, shape and destroy and reveals them to us anew in all their contemporaneity.
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Anne-Charlotte Finel (b.1986, Paris, France) completed her MA at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, (2010). Finel is represented by the gallery Jousse Enterprise in Paris. Her solo exhibitions include “Des sirènes au fond des prunelles” at the Centre d’art Le LAIT, Albi, FR (2019); “ZARYA” at Les Ateliers Vortex, Dijon, FR(2018); “Cargo de nuit” at the Institut Français de Saint-Pétersbourg, Russia (2018); “Alors fous-moi la paix avec tes paysages ! Parle-moi des sous-sols !” curated by Chloé Fricout at Galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris, FR (2017); “Eclaireur” at Galerie Edouard Manet, curated by Lionel Balouin, Gennevilliers, FR (2017). In addition, her work was featured in notable group exhibitions including “En Chemin” at the Musée d’arts de Nantes, FR (2019); “Ce sont les îles qui se déplacent” at Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Best, FR (2019); “Some of us” at the French pavillion of the exhibition « NORDART » at Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Germany (2019); “L’Art au Centre” at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR (2017); “Le parfait flâneur” at the Palais de Tokyo hors les murs Halle Girard, Lyon, FR (2015); “Les maîtres du désordre” at the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, FR (2012). She has been awarded artist residencies at the Centquatre in Paris (2014), at the Cité internationale des Arts in Paris (2015-2016), and at Tabakalera in San Sebastian, Spain (2016). She has been awarded several prizes, namely the Prix vidéo de la Fondation François Sommer in Paris and Prix du Conseil Départemental des Hauts-de-Seine at Salon de Montrouge, France. Her work is in the collections of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP), Fonds municipal d’art contemporain de la Ville de Paris (FMAC) and the Collection du département des Hauts-de-Seine. Finel lives and works in Paris.
LUC KHERADMAND French artist and electro musician Luc Kheradmand, also known under his DJ alias Voiski, graduated from l’École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris – Cergy. His personal projects and collaborations have been displayed in museums and music festivals such as: the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the Lyon Biennial, France; The Red Bull Music Festival. Kheradmand started his first label in 2008. In 2017 he released his full-length debut “Disconnections, Music For Clouds”. In 2018, he released “Sick Parrots”. Kheradmand is part of several constellations aside from his main alias; Unforeseen Alliance (with Antigone, Birth Of Frequency and Zadig); Vrilski (with Vril); the mysterious Polar Inertia; Hbtvsk; Tropical Agitation (with Svengalisghost) and techno-pop duo Kartei (with Crysta Patterson). His work has been presented by prestigious labels such as Construct Re-Form, L.I.E.S., Delsin, Dekmantel and Field.
Founded in June 2015, The Chimney is a gallery that promotes multidisciplinary and international artists in its permanent exhibition venue in Brooklyn NY, as well as in exhibition spaces offsite in the United States, France, Mexico and Senegal. The Chimney is directed by Clara Darrason & Jennifer Houdrouge.
The Chimney's curatorial mission is to revitalize and repurpose non-traditional, historical or industrial buildings by commissioning works that address, interact, highlight and transform their architecture and identity.
With the objective to engage with the philosophical discourse of contemporary artistic and curatorial practices, The Chimney has developed a publication series and organizes talks with academics and practitioners across fields as well as, artist-led workshops, and live events such as performances and screenings.