Fournier is a world-renowned fine art photographer based in Paris, France. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum New York, LVMH Foundation Paris, Centre Pompidou Paris, and the Mori Art Museum Tokyo.
Produced over a period of a decade from 2007-2017, Fournier documents the past and future of space exploration, from the memories of the Apollo program that followed the first steps of man on the moon, to the future NASA SLS rocket destined for Mars. The photos are a deliberate mix of historical and documentarian vision of space adventure with scenes staged by cinema, and Fournier’s childhood memories as well as a journey into our future.
“My work is very freely inspired by the dream and mystery that scientific and technological utopias resonate in the collective imagination,” says Fournier of his collection.
Fournier’s fascination for the space adventure aesthetic is both philosophical and fun, and inspired by childhood books, TV, and movies of the 1970s and 80s. His images are a combination of documentary elements and a very constructed staging where each element depends on a general composition. Thus the emblematic places of the space conquest are also film sets where Tintin meets Jules Verne in Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001, A Space Odyssey. The artist, who is also a cinema photographer, is influenced by Kubrick’s work and particularly the white room works shot in Guiana Space Center are a meeting between A Space Odyssey and French film Mon Oncle by Jacques Tati.
Fournier secured behind-the-scenes access to almost every major center for space flight design, manufacturing, testing, and launching. He captures the haunting imagery of isolated observatories in the arctic and dystopian scenes from the Mars research center. The series includes images of cosmonauts in their space gear, scenes from the control room of the Apollo 8 mission, and the launch pad of the last US shuttle liftoff. Throughout the series, the history of space exploration is ever present and often in remarkable detail: his images feature personal items like the gloves, helmets, and space suits that were actually worn during the Apollo missions of the 1960s and 70s.
Space Project was shot across four continents at breath-taking locations that closely resemble mythical places of space exploration: The Star City Russia, Guiana Space Center, Baikonur in Kazakhstan, the iconic launch sites of Cape Canaveral, Johnson Space Center Houston, and the Mars-like locations of Utah and the Atacama Desert in Chile.
The exhibition opens on Saturday 28th September and continues through October 26th. The exhibition is accompanied with a book titled “ Space Utopia” published by Rizzoli. https://www.vincentfournier.co.uk/www/portfolio/space-utopia-noeve-rizzoli
The work will travel to Art Basel Miami and exhibited during Pulse Art Fair in December 2019, before traveling to Paris Photo NYC in 2020 in New York City, presented by AIPAD.
Prints for sale: Edition of 10 + 2 Artist Proofs. Prints are Ink jet on Hahnemühle Baryta315g paper up to size 150×200 cm.// 60.23×78.74 inches and Lambda process (C-Print) for larger format.
Vincent Fournier Artist:
Vincent Fournier was born in 1970 and lives in Paris. After graduating with a sociology degree and a Masters in Visual Arts, he obtained a diploma from the National School of Photography in Arles in 1997. His works are regularly exhibited in international galleries and institutions, such as Les Rencontres d’Arles, Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), Musée des Arts Décoratifs of Paris, Fondation EDF in Paris, Centre d’Art Contemporain in Pontmain (France), Architekturforum Aedes in Berlin, Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Genk (Belgium), Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, Centre de la Photographie in Genève, Quai 1 Vevey in Switzerland, Diesel Gallery in Tokyo, 798 Space in Bejiin.
His artwork can also be found in public and private art collections such as the Metropolitan Museum, permanent collection (New York) LVMH Contemporary Art Collection in Paris, MAST Fondation in Bologna (Italy), The Schlumberger-Primat Collection, The Baccarat Art Collection in New York.
LEICA Gallery Milan, « The Moon
Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, Civilization, The Way We Live Now.
Royal Museums Greenwich, Moonlight – 50 Years of Photographing the Moon London
FOMU – the museum of photography in Antwerp, Maan/ Moon Belgium.
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, The Future and Arts, Japan.
Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australie
Momentum Fine Art: Miami Florida
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Momentum is a contemporary fine art gallery dealing exclusively in fine art photography. Based in Miami, Florida the gallery represents mid-career and emerging fine art photographers from around the globe. Momentum curates and produces exhibitions in both galleries and international art fairs, worldwide including London, Los Angeles, Miami, Stockholm, Mexico City, New York, and Hong Kong.
With a growing list of international artists representing several continents, these artists embody a vast and varied range of contemporary styles of photography, engaging the genres of cinematic narrative, landscape, documentary, and portraiture while drawing from conceptual themes and abstraction. Their respective work explores contemporary expressions of photography as an artistic technique.
East 26 Gallery: Los Angeles
Located 3 miles southeast of the Los Angeles Arts District, East 26 Projects embodies a multi-functional creative space ideal for all artists throughout the artistic career spectrum. The space emphasizes on curating Contemporary art exhibitions and educating all audiences on the ins and outs of the art world. With the help of other artistic minds, East 26 Projects creates memorable curatorial visions and opportunities that intertwine the various art-professional roles needed to execute exhibitions.
Housed within the Fine Art Solutions’ production complex, East 26 Projects serves as an innovative layout for art-related exhibitions/events. The space is composed of a main gallery space, an artist-in-residence studio, and an outdoor lounge/bar area. East 26 Projects strives to collaborate with artists and make available the interaction with art-presentation professionals, as well as expose them to a vast network of art professionals and much more.