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Michel Dubois, Oskar

Michel Dubois Oskar , 2012

View in a room Photography 19.7 x 15.7 inch 5 remaining copies


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Michel Dubois, Oskar
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    Professional art gallery
    Ingrandes de touraine - France

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    Signed artwork

  • Medium

    Photography : pigment ink

  • Themes

    Still Life

  • Support

    Photography on paper

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 5 copies

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    19.7 x 15.7 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

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  • About the artwork

    From the reassuring and organized rationality of daily life, anguish and malaise can emerge: in fact they are the repressed memories rushing back to the surface in spite of the calming surroundings. To make our personal space, our home, a haven of peace and serenity is one of the aspects of happiness. However, sometimes a sort of “worrisome strangeness” lurks. This is the concept of “Unheimliche” as Freud called it, or “uncanny”. This is where the “abandonment of blanket” active psychotherapy is particularly effective.

    The patients, after many years of therapy, are encouraged to prominently display at home, in their familiar surroundings what they were able to release from what was once repressed. Teddy bears and other safety blankets then symbolize the abandonment of what was repressed and a return to happiness that is exposed and shown in its best light inside the home in formaldehyde-filled jars. The dates of “existence” of these teddy bears must be indicated on the jars to allow full awareness that solving problems is in no way linked to age.
    The photographs of these symbols of recovered happiness reveal and bring to light the familiar and the strange content in “teddy bear”.

    So, it’s all about the safety blankets of cured patients.

    • Tags
    • still life

    • photograph

    • psychology

    • psychotherapy


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Michel Dubois

Born in: 1951


Michel Dubois has been photographing still lifes since 1980, and is particularly interested in light and its variations. The photographs of objects allow him a subtle researche on the permanence and the hidden face of the inanimate things.

In the late end '80s, the discovery of the great masters of the 19th century allowed him to take an interest in traditional supports and the reproduction of their textures and emotions through modern techniques. This approach lead to the publication, of "L'Heure du Thé" (Tea Time) in 1989, a book that reinterprets the theme of the tea ceremony, through different photography styles from 1880 to 1930.

Michel Dubois has also traveled a lot and publishes a travel sketchbook in black and white "Louise au Far-West", in 1990.

The popularization of digital technology and its immediacy will refine, purify the gaze. Technological objects and their purity are a new source of inspiration, and the computer allows the perfection of the industrial fabrication. In 2005 appears his new book, "Distractions", that brings together these clinical visions of contemporary objects.

The digital medium inspire him new works on the misleading appearance of things, the different forms of life merged together. These images, photos of details of mutants cactuses and humanoids dolls are shown in the exhibition "Hybrid" at the Gallery "Friedland Rivault".
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Michel Dubois, Oskar
Michel Dubois, Oskar

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