PARIS PHOTO L.A
Paramount Studios 24 – 27 April 2014
Stage 31 Booth # 05
SOLO SHOW: McDERMOTT & McGOUGH
David McDermott and Peter McGough - born respectively in 1952 in Hollywood (California) and in 1958 in Syracuse (New York) - met at the beginning of 1980s in the New York artistic scene and were known since then for the way they merge art and everyday life.
The works presented at Paris Photo L.A. show their total refusal of the present history: this obsession of the past can be seen in the subjects and the styles they choose to resuscitate and in the precise or fictitious dates they give to their works. This very original production borrows several techniques of the photography of the last century as Palladium, gum print or cyanotype.
If their photographic approach leans on the appropriation of images and objects of the end of the 19th century, they also behave in the everyday life as real gentlemen assuming the pose of erudite and impertinent dandies. They so chose to dive completely in the period which suits them best: the Victorian one, from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.
By its personal dimension, the works of McDermott and McGough becomes an artistic contemporary voluntarily polemical and provocative performance, dealing with political and sociological questions.
Among the major exhibitions redrawing their works we find those of Frankfurter Kunstverein in 1986 and the Whitney Biennale of New York in 1987, 1991 and 1995. In 1997, a retrospective at the Provincial Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Oostende, Belgium is dedicated to them and, in 2009, an exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and at La Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.
Pièce Unique is happy to announce on this occasion that McDermott and McGough (previously represented in France by the Gallery Jérôme de Noirmont) joined the artists of the gallery. A personal exhibition will be dedicated to them in Paris in the coming fall.