Pastel chevrons divide sparse, sun-bleached compositions in self-taught photographer Matthieu Venot’s (b. 1979) architectural vistas. Venot searches for novelty in his compositions, as a celebration of the joy to be found in the quotidian. Architectural details are cropped out of context in dynamic close-up, delivering an abstracted vision of residential neighbourhoods in his native France. Elsewhere, buildings soar into an expanse of sky as flat and clean as the graphic lines and geometric patterns that inhabit his work. The ascetic background is employed as a foil to the vibrant articulation of the buildings, and the sunny optimism of Venot’s sherbet colour palette. This realisation of possibility and freedom both transcends and is to be found in the facets of daily life – a veritable utopia of the commonplace. His work has been exhibited at the Galerie d’Art, Paris, and at Les Établis, in the photographer’s home town of Brest. www.matthieuvenot.fr.
Matthias Heiderich explores urban environments, finding surprising angles and colours within cityscapes. His shots are framed in a distinct way, focusing on corners, sides and small sections of buildings. Consequently, he does not just record what he sees; rather he transforms the ordinary into dream-like spaces that suggest a futuristic universe.
Cara Barer crafts a tangible record of the book as an object, resisting its encroaching obsolescence in the face of digital repositories of information.