Simon Courchel

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Artist Statement

I create images that are driven by circumstances, images that thrive within clear boundaries.

Similar to an audience gazing through the proscenium, I am drawn to one clear point of focus within the frame and the surrounding layers that texturize the subject.

Each of these circumstances unlock a deeper investigation.

After identifying the formal structures that motivate the impulse to capture the initial image, I use the same compositional principles to reimagine, reconstruct, and recontextualize the same subject and space.

With each image, we share in this experience of (re)discovery.

Sometimes, the moment can only be contained by that singular image.

In others, I highlight a larger series of moments that bleed into each other and form a deeper consideration of form, space, and balance.

I strive to make each photograph a performance, a conscious set of choices, a nod to my background as a dancer.

I believe we create our own pictures. They are not taken.

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EXPERIENCE

Photography

December 2014
Wonderland /  group show at The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn NY
January- February 2015
Another Hundred People / group show at Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn NY
March   2015
Mundane Melodies / group show part of SPRING/BREAK art show, NY
November 2015
Group Show at Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn NY
December 2015
Wonderland /  group show at The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn NY

PERFORMANCE 

August 1998 to June 2002
BALLET DE L’OPERA NATIONAL DU RHIN, Mulhouse, France
August 2002 to July 2005
CCN-BALLET DE LORRAINE, Nancy, France
January 2006 to October 2009
BALLET NATIONAL DE MARSEILLE, Marseille, France
May 2010 to present
THE INVISIBLE DOG ART CENTER (Performer and Photographer) Brooklyn, NY
Working and collaborating with choreographers:
Maria Hassabi (MoMA,The Kitchen)
Tere O’Connor (The Kitchen)
Rebecca Lazier (New York Live Arts)
Paul-André Fortier (Vancouver Arts Festival)
Yanira Castro (The Invisible Dog Art Center, Danspace Project, LMCC)
Jon Kinzel (The Invisible Dog Art Center, The Chocolate Factory, Gibney)
John Jasperse (New York Live Arts)

EDUCATION 

Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris/ High School Diploma, june 1997