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Nicolas Ruel

Nicolas Ruel was born in Montreal in 1973. He began his studies in film and international relations before undertaking extensive travels, during which time he would obtain his training as a photographer. Ruel has been presented in solo and collective exhibitions all over the world. Using his signature medium, stainless steel, on which to print his large scale works, Nicolas Ruel has received much acclaim, for his unique approach to photography.

Nicolas Ruel’s most recent project, projet 8 secondes depicts urban civilizations captured by the photographer in sustained intervals of eight seconds. Nicolas Ruel has explored evocative cities, such as Paris, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Beijing and Sydney, in both day and night time settings.

The long exposition technique employs cinematographic processes by condensing each picture into eight second micrometers. This duration period constitutes key moments that are united in a single photographic element, resembling the condensation process of dreams. During this apertural travelling shot, the photographer seeks to magnify the actions and spectacle of the city, in a balance between dream and reality. This journey is an attempt to reveal the relationship between urban man and architecture; editing, moment by moment, the city’s urban pulse.

The juxtaposition of two or more pictures into a single image forms an inverted vision of the city. As a result, famous architectural structures can be merged with cloud breaches, or an freeway with a futuristic railway station, thus creating new a visual communication. These appropriate themselves as the imaginary cities of the photographer through his feverish photographic gestures.

This series, exclusively printed on stainless steel, benefits from the intrinsic and intense luminosity of its support material. Focusing on the concept of the Monumental, this unified approach creates parallels between urbanism, architecture and the people; entities that become indivisible within those eight tumultuous seconds.

www.nicolasruel.com

Iconography Nicolas Ruel March 21 - April 15, 2013 
Genesis (dyptich)
Dublin, 2011
Photograph printed on stainless steel
60" X 80" Limited edition of 5
72" X 96" Limited edition of 1
1930
New York, 2010
Photograph printed on stainless steel
60" X 40" Limited edition of 5
72" X 48" Limited edition of 1
Grand Central
New York, 2010
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Traffic
New York, 2008
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 40" Limited edition of 5
48" X 48" Limited edition of 1
Avant Scène
Paris, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 80" Limited edition of 5
48" X 96" Limited edition of 1
Arabesque
Paris, 2007
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Divine
Paris, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Élysées
Paris, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 80" Limited edition of 5
48" X 96" Limited edition of 1
Figure
Paris, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Luxembourg
Paris, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
A Cappela
Rome, 2010
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
A Fellini
Rome, 2010
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Equation
Tel Aviv, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Baccarat
Toronto, 2009
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Grids
Toronto, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 40" Limited edition of 5
48" X 48" Limited edition of 1
Red Rocket
Toronto, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 80" Limited edition of 5
48" X 96" Limited edition of 1
Trust
Toronto, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Zenith
Toronto, 2008
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
   
 
Maison Gaultier 2
Paris, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
24" X 36" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 5
60" X 90" Limited edition of 5
Maison Gaultier 9
Paris, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
36" X 24" Limited edition of 5
72" X 48" Limited edition of 5
90" X 60" Limited edition of 5
Maison Gaultier 13
Paris, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
36" X 24" Limited edition of 5
72" X 48" Limited edition of 5
90" X 60" Limited edition of 5
Maison Gaultier 15
Paris, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
24" X 36" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 5
60" X 90" Limited edition of 5


 
 

Tram
Alexandria, 2010
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
Adoracion
Barcelona, 2010
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 80" Limited edition of 5
48" X 96" Limited edition of 1
Hutong
Beijing, 2009
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Maze
Beijing, 2009
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Utopia
Brasilia 2011
Photograph printed on stainless steel
24" X 36" Limited edition of 5
Studies
New York, 2010
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
Beaubourg
Paris, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Concorde
Paris, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Dédale
Paris, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Grand Palais
Paris, 2009
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Lazare
Paris, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Le Grand Foyer
Paris, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
60" X 40" Limited edition of 5
72" X 48" Limited edition of 1
Première
Paris, 2009
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 80" Limited edition of 5
48" X 96" Limited edition of 1
St-Lazare
Paris, 2009
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Trocadero
Paris, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 80" Limited edition of 5
48" X 96" Limited edition of 1
Versaille
Paris, 2009
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 80" Limited edition of 5
48" X 96" Limited edition of 1
Analogue
Shanghai, 2009
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Collage
Sydney, 2009
Photograph printed on stainless steel
60" X 40" Limited edition of 5
72" X 48" Limited edition of 1
Clockwise
Sydney, 2009
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 40" Limited edition of 5
48" X 48" Limited edition of 1
Midnight Stand
Tokyo, 2009
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Bay Street
Toronto, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 80" Limited edition of 5
48" X 96" Limited edition of 1
Black Bull
Toronto, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 80" Limited edition of 5
48" X 96" Limited edition of 1
Ceasure
Toronto, 2009
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Dundas Square
Toronto, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 80" Limited edition of 5
48" X 96" Limited edition of 1
Feaders
Toronto, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 80" Limited edition of 5
48" X 96" Limited edition of 1
Filature
Toronto, 2008
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Rupture
Toronto, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Témoin
Toronto, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
United
Toronto, 2008
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
Yonge
Toronto, 2012
Photograph printed on stainless steel
40" X 60" Limited edition of 5
48" X 72" Limited edition of 1
   

 

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