20 October 2010
Ricardo Bloch's Ali Baba's Cave: Galerie Thalie Paris Opening Thursday Oct 21, 2010
That folk tale serves as the adventure of Ricardo Bloch's new series of some 20 large photographs, set to debut at Galerie Thalie in Paris. Bloch enters the cave and does take something: magical photographs of what he finds there.
The photographs form the suite for Bloch's Ali Baba's Cave, in reality a packed warehouse of theater and film company props. The mannequins form small armies of bald-headed boys; other works are of vast stores of empty bottles, string-wrapped books, old microscopes, mantle-piece clocks and dusty chandeliers, large bird cages, golden statues (an Oscar or two), spools of copper and steel wire, hundreds of canes, sunglasses, shiny Buddhas and dozens upon dozens of vintage toys. It's a dreamscape of the past, and yet extremely contemporary.
"Each composition, found in situ, is a fragment of an eclectic and obsessive cabinet de curiosités, a non-scientific and totally incomplete catalogue of 20th century memorabilia," explains Bloch. "Unrelated objects acquire a synergy by proximity that suggests more than it reveals."
Ricardo Bloch's photographs inevitably recall surrealist protocols, where accident makes cohabitation pregnant with links to the vast image libraries of the unconscious.
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The technique and paper suits the subject of Ricardo's photographs very well, giving the works a poetic look with regards to massive accumulation, storage and abandonment of objects. "Part of what we do in printing is to find the exact paper for the subject with respect to the fine detail and the overall look of the works," adds Mariela.
Opening/Vernissage: Thursday, October 21, 6-9 pm, Galerie Thalie, 26, rue Robert Fleury, 75015 Paris. Tel: (06) 81 45 33 83.
See a selection Ricardo Bloch's Ali Baba's Cave Series here.
Bloch's Shandy Books is here.
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