Ultraviolet is a two-person exhibition of new works by Alina Tenser and Nathlie Provosty at Gallery Diet. Ultraviolet light exists just beyond the spectrum visible to the human eye, though all types of non-humans do see and use it. Taking this as a metaphor, both artists deal with how non-visual forces underly and enhance their highly -visual work. Provosty will present oil paintings from three ongoing series: Subject Without A Skin, Near Ultraviolet, and Near Infrared. Tenser will present a grouping of shallow-volume sculptural works, or “trays,” and two video projections.
Provosty’s letter-like forms and X-ray-like inspired images are built up into nuanced surfaces—complicated planes of reflection and absorption. Using dark blues, bright whites, and occasionally high-key colors, Provosty straddles the image/object divide, and stokes the sensations of the overlapping of languages. In Tenser’s work, body parts and abstract objects perform methodically movements across various surfaces—blurring their separations. Like a stone skipping across water, they are carried forward by speed and rhythm: repeated, abrupt, and gentle touches, while taut with molecular tension.
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