‘Anthropogenic Mass’ is Michel Lamoller’s first solo exhibition at the Ravestijn Gallery. The presentation, which is on show in Amsterdam until June 11, 2022, encompasses extraordinary photographic reliefs that illustrate the conglomerate nature of our man-made world.
The displayed works veer between photography and sculpture: from a distance, they appear like sober depictions of impossibly built-up cities, reminiscent of Andreas Gursky's photographs of industrial and commercial sites; on closer inspection, however, it transpires that Lamoller did not stop at capturing these urban landscapes – instead, his initial photograph merely forms the basis for his final work of art.
The process starts with several prints of the same photograph, which the artist stacks on top of each other like the bellows of an accordion. Using a scalpel, he then meticulously cuts away specific sections of each photograph – a process that can take several weeks. Each print becomes a single stratum in a multi-layered relief, with each absent section revealing the image behind. The results are unique works of art that are photographic in nature, yet go beyond photography in the classic sense.
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Ravestijn Gallery Amsterdam