Black Palms is a series of images of Los Angeles palm trees, shot from below and solarized, leaving behind vast black fields jaggedly slashed with silver etchings. The zigzag tracings of the palm leaves recall photograms or the stylized manipulations of light in film noir (in which many of these trees were once featured), while the inky gloss of the images simultaneously reflects viewers’ gaze and sucks them into an interstellar vastness. But as with the images in Heterotopia, the quotidian reality is discernible, leaving viewers with the uneasy yet uplifting suggestion that the world is what we think it is only because of long-held and often-unconscious patterns of association. There is always more to see.
Untitled #1, 2014
Untitled #3, 2014
Untitled #4, 2014
Untitled #5, 2015
Untitled #6, 2015
Untitled #7, 2015
Installation view at Crane Kalman Gallery booth
'Black Palms' installation view at Benrubi Gallery, New York (USA), for the exhibition 'Karine Laval: Artificial by Nature'