New York Photo Review
Volume 2 Issue 42 November 29 to December 5, 2011

Making Caribbean Dance by Susanna Sloat
The Genetic Wars by Barbara Confino
Soho Photo Gallery
Central Booking Magazine

Sans Titre (Paradis)
Christian Chaize
Paradis
Ed Barnas
Sans Titre 4 by Christian Chaize. Source: jenbekman.com
Christian Chaize, "Sans Titre 4"

This new series of images by French artist Christian Chaize, Paradis, was taken in the Seychelles, a destination he'd thought of as paradise when he visited it as a child. Rediscovering the island recently, he mostly focused on unpopulated intersections of sand, sea, sky, and rock.

In these dozen square images the sea is generally calm, the sand smooth and flat, the rocks rounded and worn. Many of the images bridge the literal and the abstract: rocks seem to float in space (reminding me of Feininger’s abstracts) and boulders often have an organic, animal aura to them like Brobdingnagian forms. Only two images exhibit a human presence – one in which a woman in red stands in the distance at the water’s edge and another in which footprints in the sand move towards a long rocky jetty echoing an urban skyline.

Sans Titre 30 by Christian Chaize. Source: jenbekman.com
Christian Chaize, "Sans Titre 30"

These images represent a marked contrast from his earlier exhibit at Jen Bekman. There the seaside series, Praia Piquinia, offered a long-term study of a secluded Portuguese beach, populated and empty, high tide and low–– all taken in a vertical format and from the exact same high viewpoint––the beach often covered with vacationers, the waves breaking on the sand, the cliffs jagged. (Work from another seaside series, To Praia Grande, can be seen on Christian’s website and appears to bridge the gap between the other two series.)

Paradis is quieter and more reflective than the prior series, and I would like to see more of these on the gallery walls.

Christian Chaize
Paradis


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The Genetic Wars by Barbara Confino
Making Caribbean Dance by Susanna Sloat
Central Booking Magazine
Soho Photo Gallery