Saturday, March 14, 6:30-10 pm
Ballet Performance by Colette Trujillo and Violinist Ben Carson, 6:45 pm
ART LEXÏNG is pleased to present a solo exhibition, In Situ, by photographer Pierre-Elie de Pibrac, in collaboration with Colette Trujillo and Nick Alain, March 14-May 8, 2015. The exhibition will open with a special reception on Saturday, March 14 from 6:30 to 10pm, and will feature a performance by Trujillo (a ballet dancer with the New World School of the Arts' Dance Program) and a unique lighting and mirror installation by Nick Alain (which will aim to recreate the majestic, vivid atmosphere of the Garnier Opera house).
In Situ is a series staged by de Pibrac, taking viewers on a journey through the world of classical ballet, which traces its origins to the imperial court of Louis XIV. Ballet as an expression of movement became an artistic apex: the highest, most elite form of Romantic dance that endures to this day.
In situ (in Latin, literally means "On set") evokes the immersion of photography at the ballet center of Paris Opera during 2013-2014 season. De Pibrac was granted unprecedented access to the on and offstage lives of its dancers. The series is broken into three phases. In Situ I: Confidences, capture private moments outside the sphere of live performance, In Situ II harnessed the energies of dancers in motion, and the final phase, In Situ III: Analogy, focused on the architecture of the Garnier Opera as a living, breathing being on its own; its own history and dramas coexisting with dancers throughout the centuries. The dancer's existence is a transient one, where no one stays with a single company, a single director, or a single partner, indefinitely. De Pibrac's achievement is not only resident in his technical precision and quiet observance with his camera, but his persistence in constructing an intimate body of work capped with a shot of the opera's nine most elite dancers on the rooftop (the photograph, Analogia No. 14, was an endeavor of its own that took three months to complete).