Dab Art is pleased to present PETIT à PETIT, a solo exhibition of abstract photos by Lisa Caren.
The Photographic Society of London (est.1853) one held council to discuss the idea that photography could be the newest medium in art. Critics at the time believed photography was too literal and that photographers were unable to complete with traditional visual artists. Their perception was that the medium was too limiting and that a photograph was simply unable to elevate the imagination like traditional visual artists. Despite the pushback, by the early 1900’s photographers along with painters and sculptures, were experimenting and creating new genres of art such as cubism and futurism. Abstract art emerged as a clear break from the post impressionist era, shattering all conventional notions of what constitutes art and artist process.
While firmly entrenched in the digital age, east coast based photographer Lisa Caren is the modern day incarnation of the early abstract pioneers. PETIT à PETIT is a recent collection of her high impact abstract photographs. While living in a coastal town in Southern California, Caren began shooting at a local marina capturing the tiny details of the large fishing vessels. Little by little, there was more to be seen and to be photographed.
Schooled on both sides of the Atlantic, Caren brings a similar duality to her works in PETIT à PETIT. Her photos are both technically and visually impressive. By focusing on tiny aspects of a larger subject, Caren establishes new thoughts, perceptions and feelings, assembling abstract images independent of the original entity. In place of a paintbrush and palette, Lisa uses her camera to construct a series of elegantly linear abstract compositions. PETIT à PETIT features 24 vivid pieces, each a myriad of texture and color.
Curated by Yessíca Torres