GALLERY OPENING: MATHIEU CÉSAR’S “PREMIERS SYMPTÔMES”
The photographer's first US photo exhibition will be on view at Maxfield LA gallery from February 21-26
It’s 2017. We were promised flying cars, meals in the form of pills, and all manner of helpful, shiny robots. And while we unfortunately don’t live in the world of The Jetsons, that retro-futurist aesthetic has endured in the imagination of globetrotting photographer Mathieu César, who offers the rest of us a chance to visit with his strikingly precise images.
Premiers symptômes, César’s first-ever exhibition in the US, features fourteen photographs taken between 2010 and 2017. They tell a story of possibilities, of futures both real and imagined. César eschews color for an unflinching black and white perspective to view his subjects, which include Thierry Mugler’s iconic Metropolis-inspired retro-futurist robot and astronaut Buzz Aldrin in his original space suit, carrying the American flag, boldly venturing into an unknown wasteland.
Along with a full roster of notables and luminaries and a performance by British electro-R&B artist Mr Hudson, the exhibition’s opening will also be attended by another of César’s subjects: international musical superstars Daft Punk (no strangers to classic robotic aesthetics).
Premiers symptômes opens at the Maxfield Gallery with a private reception on Tuesday, February 21st and is available to the public until Sunday, February 26th.
Written by Gregory McClellan