ERIC JAN VAN DE GEER: TEXTURES

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ERIC JAN VAN DE GEER: TEXTURES
ERIC JAN VAN DE GEER: TEXTURES, STRUCTURES AND THE ORDINARY 18. Sept. – 15. Okt. 2009
kulturwerk
TEXTURES, STRUCTURES AND THE ORDINARY
Standing in front of a fence or a hedge may convey a feeling of curiosity, but also of segregation,
exclusion. You regard the fence as a barrier to signify ownership and to defend possession. Standing
behind the fence or the hedge grants protection, a feeling of security and independence. Fences mark
the border between areas, which indicate different claims of property or conditions of usage. Thus,
fences or hedges design personal rights and private interest. As there are different perspectives
possible, the artist may take different visual angles.
At first sight, Eric Jan van de Geer's pictures do not offer this concrete significance, but they evoke a
vague sensitivity maybe even a feeling of irritation and defence reaction. They distinguish themselves
by a speckled interface similar to a camouflage pattern.
The artist's intention is to delay visual perception, then to create the experience of a modified reality,
and the fence or the hedge takes the important part in the dialogue between image and actuality. He
uses these motives from ordinary life to involve the beholder in a situation of communication. To make
this process understandable it is necessary to regard the artist's practical and technical procedure.
The point of departure for his artificial work is colour photographs, Polaroid shots and films. At first
sight the pictures are not recognizable as traditional photographs that means that a fence or a hedge
is not presented in a conventionally realistic form. In a process of metamorphosis the artist penetrates
into the microstructures of the material, evoking the impression of a new object transformed into an
abstract pictorial structure. The initial picture, by resolving the image into levels for printing on
transparencies, using alienation affects and finally reuniting the levels of process, is transformed into a
state of dissolution. By means of dissolving and layering, he induces perceptions of special depth
juxtaposed to a two-dimensional accentuation of the surface brought about by a weighting of the
colour und the structure. Spots, over or under exposure and surface irritation put the objective
presence of the things in question and transform them into an abstract pictorial structure. The original
picture is transported into a state of dissolution, a kind of movement determined by white and black,
light and shadow. In other words: Zones of light and shadow draw the motive into an overarching
rhythmical, nearly musical movement. Imprints implied with woodcutting techniques, stamps, painting
or silk-screen printing intensify the feel for the texture of the photograph as a sort of skin, a diaphragm.
By dissolution of colours and structures Eric Jan van de Geer induces a new picture of reality
determined by aesthetic categories. The colour white plays an extraordinary part because it makes it
possible to extinguish particular elements of the object in question in order to reconstruct the whole. In
this way he realizes a process of time that means „Stirb und werde!“ (Goethe), evoking the eternal
cycle of growth and decay.
Closely connected with these single photographs is the sequence of Polaroid pictures, which evoke
the impression of movement and the idea of action in time, still intensified by the medium film, adapted
to perpetuate these developments. Analysing and penetrating the microstructure of reality without
reproducing it, Eric Jan van de Geer introduces a deeper understanding regardless whether his
position is in front or behind the fence or the hedge. By striving to assimilate the perception of the
image emotionally and by different senses, he is following a nearly philosophical concept reminding us
of Plato's „Cave Allegory”: his works are close to those images generated by concurrences of lights
and shadows, bonding the beholders in a communication between object and intellect, in order to
discern patterns, vestiges, remnants of reality and truth.
Dr. Christoph Kivelitz, Hannover, 2009
T66 kulturwerk Ausstellung N° 606
Öffnungszeiten: Do. Fr. und So. 14 bis 18 Uhr und nach Voranmeldung
Kulturwerk des Berufsverbandes Bildender Künstlerinnen und Künstler Südbaden (gem. e.V.)
Talstrasse 66, D 79102 Freiburg
Tel. 0761 - 38 29 84, mobil 0174 - 303 60 46
[email protected]
www.bbksuedbaden.de
ERIC JAN VAN DE GEER: TEXTURES, STRUCTURES AND THE ORDINARY 18. Sept. – 15. Okt. 2009
kulturwerk
Werk- und Preisliste
RaumEins
1
Forsythia
89 x 133,5 cm
2007
(Auflage 3)
2.200 €
2
Forsythia (white structures)
89 x 133,5 cm
2009
(Auflage 2)
2.200 €
3
Konifere
89 x 133,5 cm
2004
(Auflage 2)
2.200 €
4
Konifere (white structures)
89 x 133,5 cm
2009
(Auflage 2)
2.200 €
5
Tanne (Picea Pingens) (white structures)
89 x 133,5 cm
2009
(Auflage 2)
2.200 €
6
Tanne (Picea Pingens)
89 x 133,5 cm
2009
(Auflage 5)
2.000 €
RaumZwei
1
DVD Tanne
2009
DVD PAL 4:3
00:37:06:24 (h)
(Auflage 3)
800 €
2
DVD Konifere
2009
DVD PAL 4:3
00:24:23:16 (h)
(Auflage 3)
800 €
3
Wandmalerei
2009
Office
1
Private Landscape I
2006
je 350 €
Lambdaprints
(35 x 25 cm) reproduced from original Fuji Instax polaroid (9,9 X 6,2 cm)
11
4
2
3
4
Special Edition I
Special Edition II
Special Edition III
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18
17
23
1
14
7
2
26
5
25
Buch 036°04´41´´N-032°50´03´O + 1 Lambdaprint (35 x 25 cm)
reproduced from original Fuji Instax polaroid (Wurst)
100 €
Buch 036°04´41´´N-032°50´03´O + 2 Lambdaprints (35 x 25 cm)
reproduced from original Fuji Instax polaroid (Eingänge)
175 €
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reproduced from original Fuji Instax polaroid (Spielplätze)
250 €
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T66 kulturwerk Ausstellung N° 606
Öffnungszeiten: Do. Fr. und So. 14 bis 18 Uhr und nach Voranmeldung
Kulturwerk des Berufsverbandes Bildender Künstlerinnen und Künstler Südbaden (gem. e.V.)
Talstrasse 66, D 79102 Freiburg
Tel. 0761 - 38 29 84, mobil 0174 - 303 60 46
[email protected]
www.bbksuedbaden.de

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