EVE, LA MONTAGE ET LA JEUNE FILLE
Thomas Klotz addresses the theme of adolescence and the anxieties that come with it, by referencing his twelve-year-old daughter. Devoid of narrative dimension, this implicit portrait takes shape through anonymous images, "punctuation exercises," where walls, volumes, materials, voids and shadows are all surfaces of projection, silent commentary.
In counterpoint, the full-length photograph of the young girl, with her eyes pointed at the objective, marks a frontal return to the human figure in the artist's work, which still tends toward a sort of pictorial abstraction. This portrait combines a certain number of visual reminiscences, incarnating, more or less cryptically, what underlies each image: attributes of childhood, resurgence of the floral motif and of the color yellow, golden, which, from a certain, metaphorical point of view, refers to the ephemeral character of nature and, by extension, to this transitory age "Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour.". Thomas Klotz speaks of "secret passages," "ghosts": the variety of scenes portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, interiors finds its coherence in these mysterious affinities, these underground connections, which are in fact specific to the adolescent world.
Texts by Sophie Letourneur and
18 x 24 cm
French - English
Thomas Klotz lives and works in Paris.Fascinated by American colorists, he stood out with a first book
Northscape published by Eyd in 2019, an urgent and pictorialist pilgrimage in north of France, while his father was dying. His second book, Eve, la montage et la jeune fille, is a tale about fragility and anxieties of a young girl.
In this whole story of photographs with lines, spaces, angles - her daughter, the daughter of the author of the photographs, who is there, looking like she is waiting. It seems simple, but it speaks of presence in the places, therefore a poetry of expectation [...] Waiting for photos to be taken, without asking what they are for, but just to be there, communicating between the photographer and the photographee, like an exchange of mute words, as the photograph makes it possible to speak in silence, just through looks, because it is always about that, the look.
Exhibitions and Festivals :
Justice, Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière, Paris
Esprit Urbain, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris
I’ll never be young again, Galerie Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris
Fisheye Gallery, Arles
Northscape, Galerie Eva Meyer, Paris