L’instant Éphémère

Press Release


L’ instant éphémère

8th to 13th November 2022

Xavier Gras, organizer and curator of Galerie Le bonheur est dans l’instant, 72 Rue Amelot, Paris. 

Xavier Gras is part of the Intensité group founded by Olivier Wahl, which now includes three exhibition laboratories that share the same artistic values. He supports art through process, developing critical and creative thinking on an inspirational platform for artists to bring their thoughts and practices to fruition in creating their art.

‘L’Instant Ephemere’ ‘Happiness is in the moment’, is a group exhibition of photographic artists who are contributors to the second ’Instant Ephemere’ exhibition. The goal of the exhibition is to facilitate photographers and visual artists to exhibit the “state” of their artistic research and creation during five days around a common intention: “To seek the author!” 

Gilles Petit-Gats, photographer and author, will lead and coordinate this essential work of reflection. He proposes that the artists think about: bringing to the spectators the extra curiosity, astonishment, interest and therefore enthusiasm that the discovery of images conceived and exhibited by artists who would not only define themselves as sensitive or technically perfect photographers, but as authors. Authors in the situation of creating a work built on an artistic strategy, presenting works in such a way that the spectators would understand the coherence, the general inspiration, and see the spark that set the creation on fire.

Karen Ghostlaw: A Page In Time

Karen Ghostlaw, a Hudson Valley resident of New York State has answered this call through the exploration of reflected spaces seen in her layered frames of self-portraiture. Self-Portraiture has been an ongoing study and source of inspiration for Karen for over a decade. ‘A Page In Time’ is an expression of self, witnessed through reflectivity and the intricate spaces found within reflections. Karen has taken this series of abstracted self portraits during the pandemic. She reflects on the way in which she interacted with her environment and how that changed, and how we all adapted to the new confinements of the pandemic became the inspiration for this exploration. As the world was adapting to the challenges of Covid, Karen found that isolation was unavoidable and her personal space became very important if not mandatory. They are reflections of her steps moving forward, finding inspiration in new ways of seeing. Each photograph an archeology of pieces of the past, that are reflected in the present, creating the abstraction of the future. They reflect the metamorphic evolution of change of personal reflection and growth. The study has culminated in a large scale accordion book that stands 3 feet high x 2 feet wide that unfolds around you revealing the layers in her work.  

The goal of this exhibition is to make a qualitative leap in the experience of exhibiting thanks to exhibition conditions that stimulate the creativity of each participant. Paris in November is a wonderful time and opportunity presented to Karen to develop her new project and progress in her art.

Join in the experience and help make it unique, November 8-13, 72 Rue Amelot, Paris, France.