Alexis Dahan’s pristine photographs and plucky public interventions explore social and spatial dynamics by abstracting familiar places, objects, and forms. His “Blue Puddles” are created from dropping ultramarine pigment into puddles of water in downtown New York that he then photographs and adds as pinpoints on a street map.
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About Alexis Dahan
Alexis Dahan’s pristine photographs and plucky public interventions explore social and spatial dynamics by abstracting familiar places, objects, and forms. Recalling artist wanderers cum political agitators like Francis Alÿs and Jeremy Deller, Dahan maps his contemporary urban experience in images and performances that challenge standard modes of perception. For his “The Sky is Shaped by its City Buildings” series, Dahan traveled through city streets around the world, capturing corners of buildings and slivers of sky. By enhancing the contrast of the images, he transformed recognizable cityscapes into stark black-and-white abstractions void of a sense of place. In “We Serve Selected Texts,” Dahan cheekily installed a found food cart in a high-traffic New York City Park. The irreverent twist: he sold philosophical texts—instead of hot dogs—to unsuspecting passersby.
French, b. 1982, Paris, France, based in New York, New York