Lauren Semivan's “Door Into the Dark” Opening February 3rd - Detroit

Lauren Semivan's “Door Into the Dark” Opening February 3rd - Detroit

"Untitled (Landscape)" 2017 © Lauren Semivan Courtesy of the artist and David Klein Gallery

"Untitled (Landscape)" 2017 © Lauren Semivan Courtesy of the artist and David Klein Gallery

February 3, 2018, at the David Klein Gallery (1520 Washington Blvd) in Detroit

Semivan’s haunting work draws from classic photographic techniques. She uses an early 20th century, 8 x 10-inch large format view camera to capture images, which she then develops manually in a dark room, allowing her to carefully control all parts of the photographic process. Her careful, hands-on approach is a refreshing exception to the norm in today’s world of instant photography.

"Pinned" 2017 © Lauren Semivan Courtesy of the artist and David Klein Gallery

"Pinned" 2017 © Lauren Semivan

Courtesy of the artist and David Klein Gallery

“The elaborate, illusionistic constructions I compose in front of the camera last only until they are photographed, after which they are either discarded or re-incorporated into the next image,” Semivan explains. “The result is a series of images that are both tangible documents of reality and impressions from another unseen real.

"Gift" 2017 © Lauren Semivan Courtesy of the artist and David Klein Gallery

"Gift" 2017 © Lauren Semivan

Courtesy of the artist and David Klein Gallery

"Tide 2016" © Lauren Semivan Courtesy of the artist and David Klein Gallery

"Tide 2016" © Lauren Semivan

Courtesy of the artist and David Klein Gallery

"Velvet" 2015 © Lauren Semivan Courtesy of the artist and David Klein Gallery

"Velvet" 2015 © Lauren Semivan

Courtesy of the artist and David Klein Gallery

"The Glacier" 2017 © Lauren Semivan Courtesy of the artist and David Klein Gallery

"The Glacier" 2017 © Lauren Semivan

Courtesy of the artist and David Klein Gallery

"Messenger 2015" © Lauren Semivan Courtesy of the artist and David Klein Gallery

"Messenger 2015" © Lauren Semivan

Courtesy of the artist and David Klein Gallery

See more of Semivan's work here

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