Agora Gallery a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York has an exciting exhibition coming soon where it will feature the original work of French Artist Love U Sev’s stunning Michael Jackson photographic collages in ‘Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography.’
Her surreal portrait photography is both compelling and otherworldly. Love U Sev approaches her photographs in an entirely new way, and for this exhibition she has superimposed her own self-portraits with portraits of Michael Jackson, without retouching either image. The resulting picture is a figurative study in contrast and juxtaposition, as elements of each face emerge and recede to create a surrealistic and highly emotive effect that is almost abstract in its execution. The driving force behind Love U Sev’s art is a deep and abiding love. These photographs were inspired by two intense dramas that occurred in the artist’s life: the death of Michael in 2009 and that of her husband in 2010. The emotional depth of the resulting images is nothing if not intense. And the truncation of the artist’s own face is both symbolic and deliberate, for as she explains “I am not whole any more… these photos are my heart slept on glazed paper.”
Love U Sev currently lives and works in Paris, France.
Her twitter account – @LoveUSev
A video presentation of her art:
Illumination: an Exhibition of Fine Art Photography presents the striking, stunning and unforgettable images crafted by talented contemporary fine art photographers. These artists use a range of methods to achieve their effects, with some embracing digital technology and its possibilities, and others preferring to remain loyal to the richness of more traditional methods. Each artist puts great thought and care into composing each aspect of their image, without compromising a sense of spontaneity and openness to their surroundings. The result is enormously appealing and often entirely immersive, as if the viewer is being offered an entry into a world which is encapsulated in the magic of the image before them. This time it’s the magic of Michael in Love U Sev’s images that viewers will be immersed into.
Over the years Agora Gallery has sponsored and catered to special events aimed at fostering social awareness and promoting the use of art to help those in need.
The exhibition opens on November 4, 2014 and continues until November 25, 2014.
The opening reception is on November 6, at 6-8 pm.
The gallery is located at 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York and opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 11-6pm.