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Harmonie, Laurent Chehere Flying Houses

Laurent Chéhère

Site internet de l’artiste Laurent Chéhère

« En mixant photographie traditionnelle et manipulation numérique, sa série surréaliste Flying Houses élève l’architecture à un niveau jamais vu. L’artiste isole des bâtiments de leur contexte urbain et les libère de leur environnement étouffant. Les maisons volent ainsi dans les nuages, tels des cerfs-volants.

Inspiré par une vision poétique du vieux Paris et par le célèbre court-métrage Le Ballon rouge d’Albert Lamorisse, Laurent Chéhère a parcouru les quartiers de Belleville et de Ménilmontant en posant son regard sur leurs maisons typiques et « fatiguées ». Les images de l’artiste saisissent une lévitation inattendue : maintenues au sol par des mains invisibles, comme autant de ballons retenus par des fils, ces anciennes bâtisses flottent dans le ciel, glissant sur la surface, elles nous dévoilent leur beauté cachée. » (suite de l’article sur le site ArtActuel)

« Laurent Chéhère is an award-winning French photographer known for his commercial work for clients such as Audi and Nike. He left the advertising industry to travel the world and along the way was born his flying houses series, a collection of fantastical buildings, homes, tents and trailers removed from their backgrounds and suspended in the sky as if permanently airborne. » (read the entire article on Muriel Guepin Gallery’s website)

 
« Laurent Chéhère only began exhibiting his photography in 2012—before then, he was solely known as an award-winning editorial and commercial photographer. A shift in interest led Chéhère to leave advertising behind to travel around the world. It was during this that he began to kindle his love for architecture and its narrative possibilities. Chéhère’s most famous series, titled “Flying Houses” (2012–), is comprised of fictional buildings suspended above backdrops of clouded skies. Each image is a composite of up to a dozen real buildings, homes, tents, and trailers that Chéhère has photographed in similar lighting conditions, and composited using Photoshop. Chéhère describes the series as a means to help buildings tell their stories, whether “real or not, funny or sad.” (from Artsy)

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