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Soft Focus

superzoom invites Polina Berlin

with works by Jessica Cannon, Parmen Daushvili, Tamo Jugeli and Carrie Rudd

June 29th - July 31st 2023

81 boulevard Beaumarchais 75003 Paris


Sometimes at the moment of sleep strange figures are born and disappear.
When I shut my eyes phosphorescent blooms appear and fade
and come to life again like fireworks made of flesh.
I pass through strange lands with creatures for company.
No doubt you are there, my beautiful discreet spy.
And the palpable soul of the vast reaches.
And perfumes of the sky and the stars the song of a rooster
from 2000 years ago and piercing screams in a flaming park and kisses.
Sinister handshakes in a sickly light and axles grinding on paralyzing roads.
No doubt there is you who I do not know, who on the contrary I do know.

— Robert Desnos (from “Sleep Spaces,” translated by Carmen Lobo)

Polina Berlin Gallery and superzoom are pleased to present Soft Focus, a group exhibition on view from June 29 through July 31, 2023 at Superzoom's 81 boulevard Beaumarchais location in Paris. An opening reception will be held on June 29 from 6-8pm. 

Soft Focus brings together work by Jessica Cannon, Parmen Daushvili, Tamo Jugeli, and Carrie Rudd; four artists investigating liminal spaces. Reminiscent of the way consciousness flickers in the space between waking and dreaming, they explore the edges of portraiture and landscape; the line between process and intuition; and the blurred boundary between a literal interior and interior life.
Paris was the birthplace of Surrealism, which elevated dream life to a generative plane, a space where the creative mind went both to die and to be reborn. The artists included in Soft Focus masterfully navigate this realm, drawing their viewers inward and outside of themselves.

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