Antoine Rose: Up in the Air at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery
Belgian photographer Antoine Rose’s series of aerial photography is currently on view at the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery. We attended the exhibit’s opening reception on November 3rd, and were astonished by the francophone pride present at the event. This wasn’t the usual art crowd; nearly every single attendee was speaking French and seemed to be friends with Monsieur Rose.
At first glance, the photographs are quite abstract depicting large crowd situations such as sunbathers in St. Tropez or runner in the NY Marathon. Rose rode helicopters to achieve the bird’s eye view in his photographs, saying that “Shooting from helicopters, all doors removed, 300 feet above earth at 20 knots and getting images that can be printed as large as 120 inches is quite a challenge.”
His intention was to expose the masses in the photographs as hedonistic herds. However, though the sense of individuality is loss from afar, when you look closer, you can see the nuances in different people’s actions. Some people in the marathon pictures are taking selfies with the phones, and you can see the different behaviors even within the hedonistic herd that is the lot of sunbathers in the French riviera or skiers in Switzerland.
This exhibition is on view through Dec 31, 2016. Opening hours are Tues - Sat: 11am - 6pm. The gallery is located at 547 W. 27th Street #510, New York, NY 10001; Tel: (212) 279-8555.