Line. Body. Form.

December 14th, 2012


#16, “The Lover’s Body Parts Are Separated”, Alexis Dahan

Lines without context are simple lines. But with a few words they become sinuous forms. This is the crux of photographer Alexis Dahan’s recent work at Half Gallery.

In a collection of 15 prints, the Parisian artist based in New York’s Lower East Side has taken images of his lover’s body and transformed them into the outline of the space that lies between. On display are 10 images from the series in black and white and flesh-colored beige and red.

In a format that is typical of his other work, the exhibition’s title literally explains the creative process. Accompanied by a limited edition book, the lines are paired with quotes from Belgian poet-painter Henri Michaux’s text Infinite Turbulence.¬†Written while under the influence of mescaline, a mind-altering drug, he describes the effect on his sense of reality achieved under specific doses. Also with a series of drawings, the text lends to further disembody the image from its original context.

The result is an unconscious association with skin and body. It is difficult not to want to identify the limb or crevice mounted on the gallery’s white walls. Yet, this appears intentional, to allude to the female form without the ability to decipher it.

“The Lover’s Body Parts are Separated” runs through December 30 at Half Gallery, 208 Forsyth Street, New York.

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