LAURENT MILLET: FROM LES DERNIER JOURS D’EMMANUEL KANT
April 19 - June 21, 2014
Photography dealer Kathy McCarver Root and her gallery, KMR Arts, proudly announce the opening of a one person show of color photographs entitled, “Laurent Millet: From Les Dernier Jours d’Emmanuel Kant.” The opening reception is April 19 from 2 to 5 pm and the exhibition continues through June 21, 2014.
Laurent Millet is an artist whose photographs are the final step within a process that is a combination of sculpture and photography. “Les Dernier Jours d’Emmanuel Kant”, a novella by Thomas de Quincey, describes the declining health of the eminent philosopher, Emmanuel Kant, as his perception of his surroundings is affected as his faculties begin to diminish. Millet's photographs evoke both doubt and wonder about our ability to understand and perceive the world around us. The constructions that Millet crafts make winking references to a variety of 20th century art as well as scientific discoveries and advances: molecular models, Calder stabiles, Mondrian’s rhythmic canvases, Dan Flavin’s light installations, and the early 20th century Constructivists commitment to technology.
Margarett Loke of The New York Times praised Millet’s work describing his, "unabashed, almost innocent delight in the low-tech, magical interactions between man and nature."
“Laurent Millet: From Les Dernier Jours d’Emmanuel Kant” is Laurent Millet's first solo exhibition at KMR Arts. In 2009 he presented a solo exhibition at the Rencontres d'Arles, and his work been exhibited in recent shows at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and the Musée Malraux, Le Havre. Millet's work is included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Born in 1968, he lives in Rochefort, France.
KMR Arts owner, Kathy McCarver Root says of the exhibition, “Laurent Millet’s work has always engaged me. I love the way he combines ideas and mediums to create photographs that are multi-layered in meaning and inspiration.”