Maurice Scheltens & Liesbeth Abbenes, ‘Unfolded’, 2012, do you read me?!

Text by Frank Van der Stok, English, 23 x 33 cm,
80 pages, 41 full bleed color plates, hardcover
Kodoji Press, Baden 2012, ISBN 978-3-03747-045-9

The legendary book Unfolded is a book that can function as an exhibition. The physical experience of walking through the exhibition route has been imitated playfully in the book with renderings, so that readers imagine themselves to be walking through the different rooms of the gallery.

The book is wonderful designed by Julia Born and Laurenz Brunner and features 3D renderings by Thomas Traum. From experiments with a detailed model of the hosting museum, the concept of a book mirroring an exhibition gradually unfolded. To achieve this, individual works were removed from their existing position within a particular series and linked to others from different series to form new groups in rooms. The recontextualization of the photographs from different origins creates a new fusion between them, regardless of their provenance.

The oeuvre of Scheltens & Abbenes consists of still lifes featuring virtually every kind of tangible material, from folded shirts and fragile flowers to huge furniture constellations that fill entire rooms. The whole working process ­­− from concept to execution – takes place in the studio. With a great feeling for subtle distinctions, the artists produce settings in which objects are constantly being rearranged or assembled into harmonious images.

Scheltens & Abbenes are living and working in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. They received the ICP Infinity Award 2012 in the category 'Applied/Advertising/Fashion'.

About Maurice Scheltens & Liesbeth Abbenes

Maurice Scheltens and Liesbeth Abbenes are a couple and creative co-conspirators. Scheltens is known independently as a still-life photographer, while Abbenes is known for handicraft-based art. Together, Scheltens and Abbenes create witty images in which three-dimensional subjects appear graphically rendered and flattened. They characteristically begin with an array of found objects—ranging from furniture and glassware to books and shirts—that are then meticulously arranged, such that the subject appears abstracted and not immediately recognizable, or become an entirely new form altogether. They have produced a number of these installations for fashion houses, including Hermès and Yves Saint Laurent.

Dutch, 1970/1972, Amsterdam, Netherlands, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands