The Wake Of Dust
Thomas Hauser presents the exhibition The Wake of Dust, as part of the 49th Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles.
Drawn from the eponymous publication of 2015, the exhibition proposes a mise-en-place of the written proposal combining photography and sculpture.
With the assistance of the curator Léa Bismuth.
July – September 2018
The Wake of Dust
The Wake of Dust is a project of an unprecedented exhibition gathering photography, installation and sculpture, exemplifying the work of Thomas Hauser led by the resurgence of a reinvented memory, permanently reconstructed, according to an archeological device, at the same time a dynamic of burial and revelation.
The title is particularly evocative: it will be well here to attend a “awakening of dust” in the wake of his active memory, beyond the disappearance. The artist will offer a series of several large-format photographs, physically involving the visitor, facing faces and hidden bodies, protecting themselves from a sun that may be too dazzling, not to say impressive, in the photographic sense of the term .
These temporal, muted and matt stratifications, obtained by degradation of the halftone image, are part of a process of deterioration that is not without evoking the benjaminian aura, both near and far, or the melancholic poetics of WG Sebald. . The great photographic portraits – in black and white, spectral – will frame a sculptural installation on the ground, a sort of ruin field, on which still fragmentary presences are whispered, blocks of time covered with a soft and volatile material, black as velvet , which is nothing more than toner powder, used in printers and copiers, so as to draw a blackened groove on the immaculate white page. The process of printing the image is here at once omnipresent in its technicality, and made indistinguishable in its misuse.
Discover the views of the exhibition The Wake of Dust by French artist and visual artist Thomas Hauser. It is an exhibition that combines photography and sculpture with large monochrome prints on the walls and a set of modules in the center. She is presented with a gallery UN-SPACED under the curation of Léa Bismuth as part of the 49th Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles. The wake of dust, the exhibition from which it is drawn is presented as part of the new discovery. Thomas Hauser’s practice plays on the fragmentation and erasure of memories. He plays, distorts the images to create a form of fields of mental ruins that constantly reinvents itself. This is a portrait that masks light with his hands. The technique consists of screen printing on photographic photographic paper photo sensitive, the mixion, kind of glue, which is then covered with toner black toner printers. This technique allows the artist to obtain monochrome images whose subject is partially erased. The modules combine materials on top of each other such as mirrors, stone, various metals and photographic prints. Impossible to identify or to date, the works seem to come from another time and compose a field of mental ruins in which the spectator must move.