Nicolas Clauss' "Endless Portraits"

When most people think of computer generative images they think  of sci-fi special effects or arty over the top  'neo-baroque' constructions. The beauty of French artist Nicolas Clauss' digitally manipulated images is in their subtlety and how much they recall traditional photographic portraiture. He has made a series of portraits each from a couple of seconds of film made of people he has meet traveling around the world (Séoul, Sicile, Bangalore, New York ...).   

"Endless Portraits" exhibited at Paris' Centre Quatre art space is a series of portraits displayed on large 40 inch vertical monitors which explore the extension of images through time. One haunting picture of a little girl shows her sitting motionless except for her hair tossing in the wind. We expect that she might begin talking to us at any moment, but she doesn't. She just stares...eerily it seems she almost sees us looking at her.

The Centre Quatre (in French means 104) is a hip public cultural center, which opened in 2008 on the site of a former municipal undertaker at 104 rue d'Aubervilliers in Paris' 19th arrondissement. Artists of all disciplines are invited to work in studios on site, allowing the public to view their work in production. The Cent Quatre regularly presents contemporary art exhibitions such as "Endless Portraits" and  has become a meeting place for young Parisians interested in Urban dance.

Nicolas Clauss, "Endless Portraits," to February 25, 2017. Cent Quatre, 104 rue d'Aubervilliers, 75019 Paris

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