French artist and photographer Georges Rousse, born 1947, working at the intersections of paintings, architecture and photography, has created his one-of-a-kind installations and photographs around the globe. Using space as his raw material, Rousse converts abandoned locations into almost spirituals visions of color and shape, translating his intuitive, instinctual readings of space into masterful images of several "realities": that of the actual space, abandoned or soon-to-be demolished; the artist's imagined mise-en-scene; and the final photograph, or the reality flattened.
Here, the physical reality, like the derelict spaces in which the artist's actual marks are made, is temporary. The final- and only lasting-image is the product of the camera shutter from one and only one vantage point. The resulting optical illusion is no mere trompe-l'oeil, but rather an otherworldly visual- ephemeral and, above all, unforgettable.
Since his first exhibition in 1981 at the Galerie de France in Paris, Rousse quickly made his mark on the contemporary art world. His work has exhibited in the Grand Palais (Paris), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, D.C.), Haggerty Museum (WI), House of Culture (La Paz, Honduras), Sivori Museum (Buenos Aires), and National Art Museum of China, among hundreds of others. In 1988, he received the International Center of Photography Award. In 2008, Georges Rousse succeeded Sol LeWitt as an associate member of the Belgian Royal Academy.