Zurich - From May to July 2019
The two monographs "Éphémère" and the artist`s book "Continuum" by Paul Cupido appear at the same time as the exhibition (published by Edition Bildhalle).
With ÉPHÉMÈRE, Bildhalle presents the first solo exhibition of the Dutch artist Paul Cupido and concurrently the publication of his first monograph. In addition, the limited edition artist’s book ‘Continuum’ will be released, a printed work of art that consists of 6 varieties of paper, making browsing a tactile experience (design: Akiko Wakabayashi). With both publications, Edition Bildhalle invites you to discover PaulCupido’s poetic visual universe.
The title of both the exhibition and the monograph refers to a key concept in Paul Cupido’s artistic work. In botany, ‘ephemer’ describes the quality of an organism’s acute short-livedness (‘living only for one day’); in the figurative sense, however, the word denotes an existential volatileness that Cupido`s delicate images of flowering plants, moonlit landscapes and the human body seem to permeate.
Paul Cupido’s photographic explorations led him to Japan shortly after graduating from the Academy of Photography and later to the tropical zones of the Brazilian Amazon. But every investigation of a place by means of photography is for Cupido also a spiritual journey into his inner self. His mesmerizing image sequences seem to have been created at the transitional moment between day and night, in a zone without time and geographical placement, but full of magic, melancholic beauty and poetic power.