© Yannick Demmerle

Untitled, 2002
c-print, diasec on aluminium
69" x 88.5" (175 x 225 cm)

Yannick Demmerle

Vedanta Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in the United States of artist Yannick Demmerle.

Yannick Demmerle's large-scale photographs of forest scenes are nothing short of those dreamed up in the likes of fairy tales. Demmerle travels through the forests of Germany, losing himself in the dense woods photographing the boundless fields of pines, vast marshes and webs of snow-veiled branches. His photographs do not represent grand vistas but rather close scenes of densely populated woods where largely the sky and horizon are obscured leaving the viewer trapped within an endless cage of trees.

Yannick Demmerle's work does not claim to be a perfect representation of nature. Though his use of an 8 x 10" camera provides extreme clarity and depth, the photographs are taken with long exposures, which create an enigmatic aura of movement and curiosity. The morning mist sprinkling the trees, and the gray skies of dusk or dawn emphasize a feeling of solitude and melancholy. It is no surprise that Demmerle aligns his work with that of German romanticists such as Caspar David Friedrich and Carl Gustav Carus. However, Demmerle's intimate relationship with nature has an innate contradictory character; innocuous, tranquil and contemplative at first glance yet lingering with an anxiety and somber silence.

Yannick Demmerle (France, b. 1969) lives and works in Eberswalde near Berlin. Upcoming and recent solo exhibitions include Arndt & Partner, Berlin; FRAC Alsace, Strasbourg; Château d'Oiron, Oiron and Galerie Aline Vidal, Paris. Demmerle has also participated in exhibitions in Strasbourg, Groningen and Paris.

May 2 - June 14, 2003
Hours: Tue-Fri, 10-6, Sat, 11-5

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