Tif Sigfrids is eager to announce the opening of a new space in Athens, Georgia (393 N. Finley) on February 6th, with an exhibition of recent works by Thomas Dozol entitled In Flux. The show will open Sunday, February 6th with a reception from 1 – 5 PM and remain on view through March 26th.
In his latest works, a series of portraits taken in Berlin between 2020 and 2021, Dozol returns to subjects most of whom are close friends and collaborators that he has photographed for years. Those acquainted with Dozol’s work will recognize the intimacy conveyed in these pictures. Adding to that feeling of familiarity in the current works, is a sense that the sitters are melding with the spaces in which they are situated. Seeking out his subjects in the places where they live and work does not necessarily constitute a departure for Dozol. It is the meaning of these spaces that has changed during the intermediate period of lockdowns and collectively enforced self-isolation. In works such as Ben and Mickey, both from 2021, telling the sitters apart from the chairs, tables, coffee mugs, books, and other everyday objects that surround them is made difficult by the multiplication of overlapping and intersecting outlines. Created by a digital layering of analog still photographs, the effect of dissipation and fragmentation seen in these images seems to suggest a passing of time as experienced when staying in place.
Bringing to mind Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase and the photomontages of Aleksander Rodchenko and El Lissitsky, Dozol’s new works recall earlier moments in the history of Western art when artists reexamined the ways in which time and space is represented in two-dimensional form. Two distinct notions of time and space co-exist and compete in Dozol’s work. One is dictated by the medium-format film that he uses to take his photographs, the other by the digital imaging technology with which he assembles the images in intricately layered compositions. Whereas the former is slow, analog, mechanical, and, in some ways, quite cumbersome; the latter is characterized by a raw capacity and bit rate so overwhelming it makes extant notions of distance and duration lose their meaning. It is in between these two poles of human experience that Thomas Dozol reimagines intimacy during this unforeseen era of separation.
Thomas Dozol (b. 1975, France) lives and works in New York and Berlin. His work was the subject of a recent solo exhibition at the Neuer Kunstverein Aachener, in Aachen, Germany entitled Ghost Light. His work has been the subject of solo gallery exhibitions at Jack Hanley Gallery (NY) and Andersens Contemporary (Denmark), amongst others and has been included in extensive group exhibitions. He received an MA in Social Sciences and Data Analysis at the Universite Paris Dauphine (Paris, FR) and a BA in Performing Arts at Ecole Florent (Paris, FR).
For preview information please write firstname.lastname@example.org. Visitors to the gallery are required to be fully vaccinated and masked while in the gallery.