ALCHEMY by Michel Leroy
January 25 - April 25, 2018
Opening event january 25 8- 10 pm
by Michel Leroy
The Alchemy series is a collaboration with photographer Michel Leroy and a range of professional athletes that explores the tension between sensuality and physicality. The images are simple in form, but rich in ideas and emotions. Moments of balance, anticipation and strength define the graceful lines and impossible gestures of this shadowy Black and White exhibit.
In this nude series the artist creates images that are exaggerated and explicit without sexual objectification. The images are a celebration of confidence and vitality at its most pure. By emphasizing form over identity, I seduce the viewer to reveal empathy for a body acceptance that transcend the self-image obsession of social media. The process of transmuting the skin metallic displaces the constellation of skin tones and strips bare preconceptions while illuminating physical radiance.
The images are notable for the tactile permanence of flesh revealed through the unique in-camera style he have developed over a year of experimentation. The technique is of great relevance and bears witness to the labour-intensive process reminiscent of a Daguerreotype in the pixel age. The result is a series that balances poise and precision celebrated through the singular beauty of the human form.
Michel Leroy is a New York based entertainment and advertising photographer with a produced style that captures an authentic connection to real personalities. From celebrity chefs to olympic athletes, the images reveal a level of comfort and vitality shared amongst friends.