French artist Lauren Marsolier (b. 1972) – now based in Los Angeles – has developed a style that alleviates the world of specific details. Perceptual compositions alienate viewers through bright and equivocal landscapes, which are haunted by unidentifiable sources of lighting. Through this style of post-production and tonal minimalism, the featured locations are rendered simultaneously familiar and anonymous. Transition – Part 3, for example, is an ode to fictional spaces. Unending horizons and at blocks of colour evoke a limbo-like state: the audience cannot recognise a particular place. Devoid of noticeable characteristics and with empty skylines, the artist’s portfolio questions the role of our surroundings within the psyche. She has exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Phoenix Art Museum, and in 2013 was featured alongside Mitch Epstein, Robert Adams and Edward Burtynsky, amongst others, at Somerset House, London. www.laurenmarsolier.com.
Capturing the Individual
The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years showcases 153 works by 20 artists who photographed the same subject in the same place repeatedly.
Interview with Longlisted Artist, Vikram Kushwah
Vikram Kushwah’s photographic series Memoirs of Lost Time discusses memory, and the tension between how memory reconstructs events and how they really happened.