Exhibition: NOÉMIE GOUDAL Southern Light Stations.

Interesting exhibition at Photographer’s Gallery:

NOÉMIE GOUDAL Southern Light Stations

Goudal constructs large scale photographs taken of her own installations in landscape settings. Goudal, in an interview with the Photographer’s gallery on their website, connects her work with the mindset and world view of pre-enlightenment observers, trying to work out the structure of clouds, the fiery and impossible comets and strange eclipses.

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Noemie Goudal

Station II, 2015 © Noémie Goudal

At the centre of the exhibition, in a circular observatory like structure, containing tiny back lit slides of dramatic skies taken from different perspectives and linked by lenses allowing viewers to experience an optical effect of a 3d cloud – photo below.

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Noemie Goudal

2015 © Noémie Goudal

Her larger works involve flat constructions with collaged photographs, these are carefully placed in bare landscapes and rephotographed in calm flat light or at night.  The effect is a denial of the trickery of ‘Photoshop’, Goudal is careful to include the marks of her constructions, making explicit their methods and asking the viewer to contemplate how they were made, the effort as well as the outcome.

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Noemie Goudal

2015 © Noémie Goudal

There is plenty to think about in these images, asking questions about what is ‘made’ in a photograph.  Gouda’s compelling idea is to present an obviously constructed, almost surreal illusion, that is both lyrical and successful as an illusion, while at the same time  demanding to be seen as constructed, assembled, MADE.  Goudal uses photography to show a vision of cloud and sky,  a three dimensional effect, far more real and compelling as an illusion, a trompe d’oeille, than any image made from a single camera or our indeed, own unaided eyes, and probably those of our enquiring ancestors.

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