Valérie Belin, “Super Models” in New York

Edwynn Houk Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of Valérie Belin’s most recent series Super Models for the artist’s second exhibition at the gallery. Making its debut earlier this year in Belin’s solo exhibition, Les images intranquilles (Unquiet Images) at Centre Pompidou, this will mark the first presentation of the series in the United States.
Composed of six large-scale color photographs, Super Models presents images of mannequins superimposed with abstract vector graphics found on the Internet, which Belin then manipulates and digitally layers into each photographed image in order to explore the artist’s ongoing investigations into the themes of beauty, artifice, and the contemporary image. Eschewing the marketing names of the commercially produced mannequins, Belin has titled her depictions Ananké, Aura, Electra, Ishtar, Junita and Saffron– names that are all drawn from mythological goddesses or television characters. Through this complex combination of readymade, manipulated, and fictional resources, Belin creates a completely illusory image that in turn causes us to question reality.

The topics of illusion and artifice are themes Belin has explored throughout her career, and she has photographed a wide range of subjects in this vein including live models, masks, mannequin heads, body builders, and plastic fruit arrangements. In Super Models, Belin once again works with the mannequin form; however, in this new body of work the artist pushes her resources even further to greater confound her images.

Venue name: Edwynn Houk Gallery
Edwynn Houk Gallery , Midtown East Tuesday November 24 2015 - Saturday December 19 2015
Address: 745 Fifth Ave New York
Cross street: between 57th and 58th Sts
Opening hours: Tue–Sat 11am–6pm

Transport: Subway: F to 57th St; N, Q, R to Fifth Ave-59th St or Lexington Ave-59th St; 4, 5, 6 to 59th St

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