Philippe Durand: Rust and Flowers

Wall #1

See Chicago through the lens of French photographer, Philippe Durand with Rust and Flowers. This large photographic mural was produced as part of Durand's summer residency at the Art Center and with the support of The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and Black Point Editions, Ltd. Durand spent three weeks in residence at the Hyde Park Art Center from June 21 until July 14, 2010. During this time, he traversed the outskirts of the city to find the intersections of metal, faded paintings and abandoned factories that shape the urban landscape. He focused his camera on areas where the concrete gave way to foliage, allowing new growth to break through the rubble. The Rust and Flowers series produced in Chicago consists of nearly 20 photographs. The artist had the Art Center's foyer wall in mind when he took the photograph featured in this exhibition. For fifteen years, Durand's work has been significantly shaped by an increasing interest in the automobile industry. His photographs trace the quizzical expressions that result in the cityscape, from La Habana to Los Angeles, from Beirut to Annecy, a small town in southeastern France. He currently teaches at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, France and is represented by Galerie Laurent in Godin, Paris, where he lives and works. Durand's photographs were included in the exhibition Spatial City: An Architecture of Idealism at the Hyde Park Art Center from May 23 until August 8, 2010. More information on his past and current work can be seen on his website. A publication featuring the photographs in the Rust and Flowers series by Philippe Durand will be released in early 2011 with partial support from The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

Image: Philippe Durand, Rust & Flowers (wall #1), 2010, digital print, variable size