Histoires d’Eau
Photography by Karine Laval
June 4 – July 20, 2005
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 4, 4:00-9:00pm
in conjunction with the Avenues of Art & Design Walk

612 North Almont Dr., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Contact, Shannon Richardson
Tel, 310.550.0050,  fax, 310.550.0605
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Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm and by appointment

Karine Laval, “Swimming Pool #6, Cascais, Portugal”,
2002, chromogenic print, 30 x 30 inches, edition of 9

MB Fine Art Los Angeles is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by French photographer Karine Laval. Laval’s Swimming Pool series evokes a feeling of playful nostalgia by effectively capturing the innocence of sunny summer days. The opening of Histoires d’Eau will coincide with the 8th Annual Avenues of Art & Design Walk.
Karine Laval’s bleached-out, neo-constructivist studies of people intersecting with architecture at public swimming pools taken in France, Portugal, Spain and Norway are an amazing adventure in color. Divers, sunbathers and swimmers are captured in splendid compositions of frozen movements in the most serene of settings.  Although their actions and expressions are natural and spontaneous, the scenes appear composed by a silent choreographer when moments are isolated within the frame of her camera.  These public places are particularly interesting because they mix the natural element of water within an urban space where people can be at leisure and where they seem liberated from any social reference. The cool tones of water and sky transport the viewer to a completely different part of the world in the brief moment that has been captured.  

Karine Laval is an internationally exhibited artist. She was named one of PDN Magazine's Top 30 Photographers of 2005 and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

In the Main Room:  LOST: Photography by Rena Bass Forman         
Continuing in the Main Room the first exhibition displaying works spanning Forman’s oeuvre over the last decade, including some never-before-seen images. Known for her visually stunning, large format landscapes of exotic locales, Forman’s collective work commands the viewer’s attention by offering a visual trip to the remote corners of the world, capturing radiant moments that would have otherwise passed by. Her persistent focus on the organic shape of the landscapes simultaneously compares and contrasts varying locales, and a further look is often necessary to realize that the settings are located on opposite sides of the world, providing the viewer with the exhilarating feeling of being LOST.

For further information, please contact Shannon Richardson at MB Fine Art at (310) 550-0050 or email to <>. 

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