“When we enter a room, we also enter an image. Every room is its own image. We can walk through this image; we can observe it from many different points of view. Things change depending on how we look at them. This is not really the case, of course — the things don‘t move, they are simply there. But we are able to move, so that we see a table in front of us, next to us or behind us. We can also observe a wall from the side, in sidelight or stand right in front of it; we can peak around the corner, behind the curtains, close them, sit down on the floor — we can do all sorts of things, and when we do them, we experience the room and everything that makes it what it is. We are curious and want to understand the room and the image of the room.
But just how reliable is the image that we see? What happens when something changes? And what happens to us when things change? When suddenly things aren’t the way they were before? When we see things in a different light? When our first impression no longer is right? Is it possible that we too change when our perception of the things in the room changes? And if so what stays the same?”
31 JULY – 31 AUGUST 2015
The exhibition IMAGES combines different site-specific installations that draw upon the old painting technique of the trompe l’œil. It’s the art of illusion, meant to deceive the eye, but the original meaning of the Latin word ‘illudere’ is ‘to play with’ or ‘to put at play’.
It is also a reference to what people were fascinated by and what they believed photography was best at when it was invented – duplicating reality. But objects cease to be objects when photographed. They turn into images, into shapes and colors. Gary Winogrand once said: “A photograph is not what was photographed. It’s something else.”