The Summer Show 2016

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Ruth van Beek, Jean-Francois Lepage, Eva Stenram, Katrien de Blauwer & Michael Etzensperger

Fri 03 Jun 2016 - Sat 03 Sep 2016

Ruth van Beek (1977) works with a growing archive of found photographic material, images are arranged in constantly changing ways. From these odd combinations and decontextualized images she makes her work. Van Beek treats the photos she collects as objects. By cutting and folding, adding shapes of watercolor painted paper and connecting similar elements in different pictures, she makes the form, scale and colour interplay. These interventions are never hidden, but play a lead role in the work.

Jean-Francois Lepage's (1960) phantasmagorical universe, blending couloured shapes and pale skin characters, mixes photographs and abstract forms after scratching the negatives itself. For his Recycle series, Lepage decided to reuse some old photographs he had shot using Polaroids. He cut and engraved these old images, building up new complex and multi-layered ones.

Eva Stenram (1976) uses vintage pin-up photographs as its source material. In the series 'Drape' the women are posed in interior domestic sets in front of curtains or drapes, offering a glimpse into intimate space. Stenram’s most current series 'Parts' the pictures are digitally altered, obliterating most of the model and leaving only a leg intact. The resultant mood is macabre – the severed limb does not entice and the original photograph's erotic effect is turned on its head.

Katrien de Blauwer (1969) calls herself a "photographer without a camera". She collects and recycles pictures and photos from old magazines and papers. Her work is, simultaneously, intimate, directly corresponding with our unconscious, and anonymous thanks to the use of found images and body parts that have been cut away. This way, her personal history becomes the history of everyone. The collage effects a kind of universalisation, emphasizing the impossibility to identify with a single individual, yet allowing to recognize oneself in the story.

Michael Etzensperger (1982) created a series called „Masks“. Using the text Negerplatik by Carl Einstein as an inspiration he double exposed all kinds of masks from ethnological books.  He combined African masks with similar masks from countries like Switzerland and many more.
Untitled (New Arrangements), 2014Untitled (New Arrangements), 2014Part 7, 2014Part 8, 2014Rehearsal 1, 2014Recycle 10, 2014Recycle 12, 2014Recycle 17, 2014Recycle 18, 2014Recycle 19, 2014Recycle 20, 2014Recycle 21, 2014Recycle 22, 2014Recycle 23, 2014Recycle 24, 2014Recycle 25, 2014Single Cuts 51, 2015Single Cuts 48, 2014Single Cuts 45, 2014Single Cuts 79, 2014Repetitive Scenes 30, 2015Rendez-vouz 22, 2013Imprevu 9, 2013Feminin 50, 2013Maske 15, 2014Maske 2, 2014Maske 11, 2014Maske 15, 2014Maske 18, 2015Maske 19, 2015Maske 22, 2015Maske 24, 2015Maske 26, 2015Maske 27, 2015Maske 31, 2015Maske 38, 2015Maske 43, 2016
Untitled (New Arrangements), 2014
Title: Untitled (New Arrangements), 2014
Print size: 13 x 16 cm / framed 33 x 38,5 cm
Collage, unique piece
RvB/4056