Stéphane Dumas
La Salle des Peaux Perdues
(The Lost Skins Room)

St»phane Dumas Installation View
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April 13 to May 13, 2006
Opening Reception Thursday April 13, 6 to 8 PM

Artist's Talk with Video
Saturday afternoon, April 22nd from 2 to 3 PM

  A light breeze can be felt as you enter a small room. The walls, illuminated from below, are thin sheets of moving membrane - latex to be sure - but very much like skin. The light makes the skins translucent and smooth one moment, filled with surface detail at another. You begin to see impressions, images and stories embedded into these membranes. You have entered “La salle des peaux perdues,” Stéphane Dumas’ sensuous and provocative investigation of myth, Christian iconography, biology and memory.
  Safe-T-Gallery will be the site for the first full scale installation of Dumas’ very personal and evocative “skins.” These are large latex sheets that have been poured and layered, impressed with various ex-voto’s - eyes, legs, organs, and then hung from the ceiling to produce close encompassing rooms and passageways. Dumas writes, “Skin, as exhibited in The Lost Skins Room, is leftover veils, shed membranes, peeled images revealing their thicknesses, their positive faces as well as their negative imprints. Being simultaneously matter and image, skin here, is both the material and substratum of art; fragile, though enduring as a memory anchored to its source.”

St»phane Dumas

  Stéphane Dumas lives and works in Paris, he received an MFA from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and will shortly be receiving his doctorate from University Paris, Sorbonne, in Visual Arts. His thesis is an investigation of “Creative Skin and the Marsyas Myth.” He has exhibited previously in New York and in Europe and his work is included in the Documenta Archives, Kassel, Germany, the collections of the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum, New York.
  La salle des peaux perdues (the title is a play on the French la salle des pas perdus - the waiting room) will be exhibited from April 13 to May 13, 2006 at Safe-T-Gallery in the heart of the Dumbo, Brooklyn with an opening reception on April 13, from 6 to 8 PM. There will be a presentation by the artist with video on Saturday afternoon, April 22nd from 2 to 3 PM. On the evening of May 4 at 7 PM there will be readings by writers Tom La Farge and Wendy Walker and poets Jessie Stead and Bethany Wright, which will relate both to “The Lost Skin’s Room” and to “Speculative Ruins” an exhibit of the work of artist Maddy Rosenberg which will be running concurrently at Safe-T-Gallery.

St»phane Dumas

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