Albert Moser at Galerie Christian Berst

An exhibition of Albert Moser’s panoramic photographs will open June 1 at Galerie Christian Berst in Paris, France. A 220-page bilingual limited-edition catalogue, featuring text by André Rouillé and Christian Caujolle, will accompany the show.

From the gallery:

“Just as Miroslav Tichy’s work was met with appreciation by the art world thanks to Harald Szeemann’s exhibitions and, more recently, a retrospective at the Pompidou Center, the work of Albert Moser, a creator as lacking in learning as he is guarded, is a major discovery.

Now that his work is revealed, the eternal question arises again of how such work, designed and stored in secret, should be received. Next, Moser’s creations forcefully pose questions about the problem of photography in outsider art, perhaps even, as André Rouillé writes, “giving the lie to its supposedly manual essential nature.” But over and above the questions concerning criteria and classifications, the work, according to Christian Caujolle, is “comparable to the materialization of a projection of mental images on the world” or even to “a cathartic exercise,” as Phillip March Jones suggests. Besides the poetic audacity, what is striking is the deliberate desire to re-invent, even distort the reality captured in the lens. Moser cuts his photos and then sticks them together with scotch tape to produce work that breaks with flatness, where the landscape closes in on itself and on the spectator in a sort of optical vertigo that contrasts with the amplitude of the deployment inherent to the wide-angle lens.”

Read a full press release here.

Click here to browse the publication Albert Moser: Life as a Panoramic.

Moser’s geometric drawings on found paper were on display at Institute 193 in January/February of 2012. His photographs have previously been on view at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital as part of the UK Arts in Healthcare Program.

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