Opening : “Stripes and Stripes” by Nick Kline on August 17

The Centre d’artistes Vaste et Vague (Gaspésie, Québec) and Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie are pleased to present the series “Stripes and Stripes” by the photographer Nick Kline as part of the third edition of the Rencontres, on the theme of “Shaping the course”. Kline’s large-format photographs of striped polo shirts, like roads seen from the sky, explore the concept of connection and invite us to think about the ways in which photography simultaneously pulls us closer to and distances us from those whose realities are quite different from our own.

©Nick Kline

After a long and careful process of selection from hundreds of international photographers, Kline's work was selected for its compelling and original way to encourage self-reflection and dialogue on issues that transcend borders. His photographs illustrate the mission of the Rencontres internationales, which aims to present and discuss what is becoming a forerunner in the world in contemporary photography. The idiosyncratic work of Kline embraces formal aesthetics but he updates modernism with underlying social concerns- the stripe patterns were inspired by photojournalists’ images of victims of disaster and trauma and their clothing. His works feel curved and malleable, twisted and contorted; their implied movements are like impulses to create a new path or bridge.

In addition to the Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie, Kline has had three other one-person exhibitions in 2012: at Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, the Sol Mednick Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA and in October 2012, Project Normans Space, Stavanger, Norway. In 2011 Kline had a solo exhibition at The Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR and his traveling exhibition “Din of Murmurs” was exhibited at the Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ as well as at the John B. Davis Gallery, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID. Catalogs published to accompany these exhibitions include text by Karen Irvine, curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, and Alexander Campos, Executive Director, NY Center for Book Arts, New York, NY. Previous one-person shows include Uno Art Space, Stuttgart, Germany, and Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY. Kline has participated in group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, including Hirschl Contemporary Art in London.

OPENING Friday, August 17, 2012 at 5 pm in the presence of the artist who will have the honor to present his exhibition. Welcome to all. Free admission.

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