New York

Georges Rousse

Farideh Cadot Gallery

Georges Rousse photographs abandoned buildings—either the outsides or, more commonly, the empty interiors—shortly before the buildings are to be torn down, after first altering these derelict spaces in some way. In one untitled work from 1985, for example, he painted an illusionistic rendering of a squared-off spiral across the corner of a room before photographing it; in another untitled work, this one from 1982, he painted a series of human figures along the wall of a staircase, as if they were the ghosts of all the people who had climbed those stairs in the building’s lifetime. Depending on the precise accent of these interventions—whether they involve imposing an illusionistic form on the scene or recalling the human presence in it—these images are related to earlier work by such artists as Jan Dibbets, Justen Ladda, John Divola, and John Pfahl.

In the works shown here, Rousse painted

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