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Jean-Baptiste Huynh

Sonnabend Gallery

For ten years, French photographer Jean-Baptiste Huynh primarily made portraits, reading, with a 6 x 6 cm Hasselblad camera, his subjects’ facial expressions, their skin colors, and their suggestions of intimacy in order to bring the other in close. Now, in “Twilights,” “Mirrors,” and “Meteorites,” the three series he debuted in his first solo show in the United States, he focuses instead on panoramas and objects, investigating the distance between the individual and the universe, and offering a serene meditation on death.

In “Twilights,” 2008, the dispersion of sunlight across horizons suggests the subtle boundary separating human life from nothingness. In Twilight V and Twilight VII, glimmers of taupe appear along the bottom edges, creeping up into black and blue fields, respectively, through delicate gradations of pink and orange. In Twilight XLVII, strips of light blue over darker blue

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