Kourtney Roy - Photographs London Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    California: Kourtney Roy, Paris: Louis Vuitton, 2016, n.p., there captioned Barstow

  • Catalogue Essay

    'The world has a secret potential to transform itself into a film set at every turn.'
    Kourtney Roy

    Kourtney Roy created her series California in 2015 for Louis Vuitton’s Fashion Eye, a collection of books on travel destinations captured by fashion photographers. Drawn to places where nature and civilisation coexist in search of what she calls ‘a beautiful accident’, Roy imagines a parallel universe inhabited by the characters she herself portrays. Her vision of California is sleek yet offbeat with an underlying dark humour as embodied in the present photograph, taken at a drive-in cinema in Barstow along Route 66. The large white rectangle of the blank cinema screen is offset by the figure of Roy in the foreground, slumped in a bright turquoise lawn chair with outstretched arms and legs, appearing to gaze up at the empty screen. Inspired by cinema and film stills, Roy seamlessly blends the real with artifice to create her images, transporting the viewer to another place and time.

    Nominated for the Prix de L’Elysée by the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne in 2014, Roy has exhibited internationally and has been published widely. Her work is held in such prominent institutions as the Maison Européen de la Photographie, Paris and the Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne. Roy lives and works in Paris.



California 4

Chromogenic print, flush-mounted.
Image/Sheet: 80 x 120 cm (31 1/2 x 47 1/4 in.)
Frame: 85 x 125 cm (33 1/2 x 49 1/4 in.)

Signed, numbered AP1 in ink, printed title, date, number AP1 and copyright credit blindstamp on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

This work is AP1 from the sold-out edition of 5 + 2 AP. This image is sold out in all sizes and editions.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £15,000

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London Auction 2 November 2017