When I became an Image
June 2013, Tebeac, Kask, Ghent
with: Linda Lenssen, Melissa Mabesoone, Birde Vanheerswynghels, Jelena Vanoverbeek, Robbert&Frank, Frank&Robbert
Discursive Programme with Johanna Weissenrieder, Koen Brams, Audrey Cottin, John Smith
curated by: Heleen Sabbe, Marije Sennema, Gerlinde Van Puymbroeck, Stefaan Willems, Joris Dockx, Karolien Deman, Chiara Lammens, Geert Van de Caspeele, Thomas van Haren.
The ‘eye’ thus refers to the action of looking – the aesthetical appreciation of a work. On the other hand ‘I’ stands for a subject who is able to give meaning to a work of art – beyond the aesthetical appreciation. How the subject (I) relates to a work of art plays a meaningful role in the creation of an image.
WHEN I BECAME AN IMAGE creates a space where the subject/viewer can look in several ways at artworks – by doing this the exhibition reflects upon the process of interpretation. The works of Linda Lenssen, Melissa Mabesoone, Birde Vanheerswynghels, Jelena Vanoverbeek and Frank&Robbert Robbert&Frank all question the construction of an image in one way or another. Apart from the exhibition room there will be a discursive room where the act of looking and the interpretation following it can be discussed. In the discursive room there are no works of art but only language/tools that can help the subject decipher a theory, a meaning, a subjective story… The discursive room helps the subject and makes him aware of the interpretation he gives to the works hanging or standing in the next room.
LINDA LENSSEN describes her work as a metaphor for reality. During creation she focuses on what is already present in reality and tries to keep the material intervention as minimal as possible. In her video she constantly repeats ‘definition’ while the subtitles are converting this in written language to ‘definitive.’ By doing this she shows us the impossibility of making a definitive statement. The precision and the objectivity of words and their meaning are discussed.
MELISSA MABESOONE gives an ambiguous insight into reality by means of manipulation/collage. She constructs images from a personal fascination by how reality is shown to us. In her work she plays with the act of looking by providing a view on a fictional external world. She creates this fictional reality by manipulating existing images (photos) into one collage.
BIRDE VANHEERSWYNGHELS is constructing images that are related to scenes from the ‘Film Noir.’ These images show reality as a décor, a dream or a thought. They are external worlds that invite the viewer to enter. Multiple layers of graphite or charcoal come together in a very detailed image that is in fact a parallel universe.
JELENA VANOVERBEEK works with well-known movies from our collective memory, such as ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ from Stanley Kubrick. By combining different fragments of these movies and manipulating the viewer by zooming in and out she creates her own subjective story. This story is accompanied by a poetical narration she creates by highlighting certain words from the subtitles. Her work makes us aware of how reality in moving image is shown to us. It often uses typical stereotypes for constructing this reality.
ROBBERT&FRANK ROBBERT&FRANK are working with contemporary, ephemeral and historical, cryptic sources. By putting multiple signs form different eras into a palimpsest they create an absurd visual language. Though these signs bear a concrete meaning within them we are not able to decipher this meaning. Only the images and not the linguistic significance are speaking to us. After all our knowledge of hieroglyphics is as good as our knowledge of URL-codes.
LINDA LENSSEN décrit son oeuvre en tant que métaphores possibles pour la réalité. Les éléments de cette réalité luis servent de point de départ pour sa création dans laquelle elle essaye de minimaliser les interventions matérielles. Dans sa vidéo on la voit scandant de manière répétitive ‘définitif’, ce qui est sous-titré ‘définition.’ Comme ça est crée un conflit qui montre l’impossibilité de faire une déclaration définitive.
MELISSA MABESOONE présente une vue énigmatique sur la réalité. Ses oeuvres naissent d’une fascination pour la réalité et spécifiquement la manière dont elle se révèle à nous tous. Dans son oeuvre elle crée un jeu de différents regards, comme si elle voudrait nous montrer un monde inexistant. Elle crée cette réalité fictive en manipulant des images existantes (photos) pour en faire un collage.