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Abstract Paradise: Art by Matthieu Venot

A photo of a building in the sunUntitled I (Montpellier), photographic print

Photographer Matthieu Venot captures views of an abstract paradise. The artist takes a minimalist approach to photography, seeking out the color and geometry of an architectural features and focusing in until the shapes take on new meaning.

A photograph of an apartment building with minimalist compositionUntitled III (BRUT), photographic print


I love Venot’s recent series of building portraits. In each of these photographs, a single apartment tower forms a monolithic central figure, bordered on either side by slices of blue sky, suggesting that the tower is the only object for miles around. The bare, stark simplicity of these photographs encourages the examination of fine details, like the small anomalies of personal objects seen through windows, or on balconies.


Venot’s sunny, almost tropical settings create an odd and intriguing tension between the almost desolate sparseness of his subjects and the cheerful implications of his palette. Many of the photos remind me of Like clean, sleek versions of Mark Broyer’s photos of uninhabited locations.

A photograph of an apartment building with a tiled exteriorUntitled XIII (BRUT), photographic print

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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