What happens when a visionary French artist meets the creative spirit of a former Tobacco Road town in the midst of downtown revitalization? A singular grassroots arts project emerges that confounds expectations and takes the city of Durham, North Carolina by storm as buildings from a past incarnation of the city are transformed into temporary canvases for dramatic public art.
Bending Space: Georges Rousse and the Durham Project captures the genius of French photographer and installation artist Georges Rousse and follows the artist and two hundred volunteers during a September 2006 public art residency in Durham. The film includes interviews with Rousse, project coordinators and volunteers, and people on the street as they visit the installations.
Bending Space: Georges Rousse and The Durham Project reveals the complex process of creating Rousse’s signature illusions of color and shape that ultimately become the stunning large format color photographs exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. The film bears witness to the energy that is unleashed when a remarkable photographer and an art-loving community join forces.
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About Georges Rousse
When he was 9 years old, Rousse received the legendary Kodak Brownie camera as a Christmas gift. Since then, the camera has never left his side. While attending medical school in Nice, he decided to study professional photography and printing techniques, then opened his own studio dedicated to architectural photography. Soon, his passion for the medium led to devote himself entirely to photography, following in the footsteps of such great American masters as Steichen, Stieglitz and Ansel Adams.
After he discovered Land Art and Malevich’s Black Square Against a White Field, Georges Rousse altered his relationship to photography, inventing a unique approach that shifted the relationship of painting to space. He began making installations in the types of abandoned or derelict buildings that have long held an attraction for him—creating ephemeral, one-of-a-kind artworks by transforming these sites into pictorial spaces that are visible only in his photographs.
From the early 1980s on, Georges Rousse has chosen to show his photographs on a large scale, so that his viewers participate in the work and experience the sense of space in a compelling way.
Collapsing the usual restrictions between artistic mediums, his unique body of work quickly made its mark on the contemporary art world. Since his first exhibition in Paris, at the Galerie de France in 1981, Georges Rousse has continued creating his installations and showing his photographs around the world, in Europe, in Asia (Japan, Korea, China, Nepal), in the United States, in Quebec and in Latin America.
He has participated in numerous biennales (Paris, Venice, Sydney) and received many prestigious awards: 1983: Villa Medicis hors les murs, New York 1985 -1987: Villa Medicis, Rome 1988: International Center of Photography Award, New York 1989: Salon de Montrouge Drawing Prize 1992: Romain Roland Fellowship, Calcutta 1993: National Grand Prix of Photography 2008: Succeeded Sol LeWitt as an associate member of the Belgian Royal Academy
He is represented by several European galleries and his works are included in many major collections the world over.
Georges Rousse was born in 1947 in Paris, where he currently lives and works.
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Georges Rousse dans les pas de la Renaissance
Artiste contemporain, architecte et photographe, Georges Rousse crée ses anamorphoses au Château de Chambord, fleuron de la Renaissance…
Georges Rousse in the Steps of the Renaissance.
The artist, architect and photographer Georges Rousse creates his anamorphosis in the heart of the Château de Chambord, treasure of the French Renaissance…
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