The photographs of Felipe Dupouy and Joshua Paul are presented unframed along gallery walls so as to cause the eye to constantly wander. Paul captures the Arctic in vivid Technicolor, assessing each detail of the splintering ice beneath the boat, to a fish frozen in a blackened stream. The view from the deck of the Lancaster Sound, a massive expedition vessel, is of an unforgiving sea of ice extending all the way to the horizon. As “Ice Antler” suggests, we are but a single fractured piece of ice wandering through the sea. Dupouy’s prints of Downtown Los Angeles require that the viewer look up at the forgotten and intricate designs and friezes of Angelino architecture. In photographing birds in flight, Dupouy seems to suspend their motion and alter the appearance of the buildings nearby to give motion to stasis. A noir and science fiction effect is achieved in archival pigment prints such as “Icarus,” a formation of birds sweeping over a building that looks as though as it been electrocuted.
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