These pictures were shot on location, during filming my artworks for the short video ‘Lost in pandemie’ which you can see in the previous blog. Personally, I like the pictures so much that I wanted to show them in a solo blog. Just for the esthetics of the photo’s. To me they both capture the feeling of totally left and lost in a setting and on the other hand, they seems to immerse naturally in the environment of streets, concrete, building waste and other decors of outside settings. Pictures taken in may 2020.
Last year three of my works were selected for the Festival de Artes Lanzarote & Fuerteventura 2020. Initiated by The Lacuna Studio’s in Lanzarote. The theme of the festival was Lost. Because of the COVID 19 pandemie it was not possible to exhibit the works for real. Instead of a physical presentation the organisation decided to transfer the exhibition into a digital art festival. Lacuna studio’s asked participating artists to think about activities around the festival. Because my works could not be presented for real, I decided to film my works in an lost enviroment during the first lockdown in The Netherlands. My artworks were placed in various situations around the street where I live, but they seem kind of lost. Lost in the silence of the pandemie, empty streets, quiet trainstations, people passing by without noticing the artworks. Because of the work is made with lost and found materials it seemed appropiate to use this setting. I even made a real presentation of 4 works on a deserted wall in back garden of a house nearby which was uninhabited at the time. For a moment it felt like a real art presentation. The video was posted on the YouTube canal of the ‘Lost’ festival by The lacuna studios.
A photo work with myself as part of the composition. The image is about spaces, to be a part of the space. It is about being part of the environment your in. Which doesn’t always mean you are being seen. You can also be a mayor part of something but at the same time be in another place. The head under the curtain emphasizes on concentration of own thoughts.
Is the person looking outside through a window an active element in the room or is he secondary to the room he is part of. What does he see what we can’t or cannot be a part of, only in our imagination.
I called the work Hypo, which is the greek word for under.
The work ( a combination of photo and paint on canvas) is my contribution in a competition for the Christine Award 2018 at Nieuwe Akademie Utrecht.
Which is about making a photo ( work ) which includes yourself in any way or another
photo and acryl on canvas 20 x 30 cm August Robin Peters 2018
Several works coming from one composition made with different kind of boxes. From a flat work on paper with paint, through a combination with digital approach into a two dimensional work on paper and a three dimensional work in mixed media, where the actual boxes are placed into a bigger box.
With the digital version I could enter a more graphic and sharper background than possible with paint. Which made me realize the importance of the composition and the scale of the items shown. If you make some parts smaller or bigger, the rest-space-changes and sometimes makes the composition weaker or stronger.
Rests-space take an important role, as you can see in the most abstract version painted on wood. The forms become more important and with less details. Beside the fact that they change form and become something on their own. The originally tea boxes and other packaging material also become an interesting form to look at. On one hand they are flat and have, at the same time the illusion of a dimensional form. The playing between flat and non flat keeps me occupied and fascinated.
First I was interested in the simplicity of the form and shape of a oridinary grey plastic garbage bag. I used the form and principe of how it is folded to make a 3-dimensional sculptural work. I copied the pattern of the bag in a black plastic material and combined it with a wooden construction, a standing wooden shelf which was made out of different thin layers of wood. Soon the smaller version of the sculpture followed, it just wanted to be there too. When it was finished I realised that it reminded me a lot to the painting of Breintner”s girl in kinomo standing in front of the mirror in a black gown. Which I have admired for a very long time and always returns to me. I decided to place the works in a sort of stage setting together with a remake of the girl in kimono and make the picture of these elements together as my artwork. The painting in the back is my re-interpretation of the Breitner work, it is not a copy. The last pictures show the sculpture trying to get out of it’s destination and trying to be something else after the photoshoot.
This Picture is taken om the big busy square in front of the Museo d’ Art Contemporani (MACBA) in Barcelona, sort of hidden in the area of El Raval. There were a few things going on when I came out of my museum visit, a girl eating a little snack, a school class playing outside, people crossing and in front of the entrance of the building there were these two guys playing with a skateboard. The sun was so bright that this situation in mostly black and white, due to the white sunny building and there clothes made me decide to shoot a serie of pictures of the two. I didn’t do anything about the setting of the models, they were talking and walking and suddenly, as if they didn’t want to participate in my photo shooting, they stopped doing what they did… I pressed the camera button. Together they made the image. The sun shone that day.
Last saturday it was given the second price at the yearly organised competition for the Christine Award at the Nieuwe Akademie Utrecht. My contribution was discussed and judged by a jury excisting of o.a. Jan Teun van Rees ( kunstenaar/docent fotoacademie) en Ilona Plaum ( fotograaf/kunstenares)
zie voor meer info over de award en jury: http://www.nieuweakademie.nl/nieuws
I am truly proud of the result.