In the field of tension between static architecture and picturesque perspective, Dutch photographer Femke Dekkers (1980, NL) captures the space in which sculpture and painting merge together. Femke turns her environment into a stage, intervening on perspective with her camera.
On Saturday the 19th of May Galerie Bart is proudly presenting Stages, a solo exhibition of photographs by artist Femke Dekkers (b. 1980, NL). At first sight, the combination of painting, architectural space and sculpture in her photographs seems to form a static whole. As you look at the abstract shapes longer, however, and you gradually unravel Dekkers’ subtle game of perspective, the nature of the work’s three-dimensionality becomes apparent.
This exhibition shows works from Dekkers’ latest series and combines them with a selection from her earlier oeuvre. The result is an overview of the different stages she has gone through in her artistic research. Employing a wide variety of colours, forms and photographic materials throughout the years, she captures the area of tension between apparent contradictions in an intuitive and striking manner.
To produce a desired image, she chooses a fixed camera standpoint: the space that Dekkers thus creates is in fact a stage that serves as a framework for a variety of possible images. She sets something up, looks through the lens and then determines the next step. Dekkers does not work with sketches, but records the entire process in photographs. The story of its creation is part of the work.
The title of the show, Stages, can be interpreted in three ways: Dekkers’ development as an artist, her method of working in which she records the progressive stages in the making of her compositions, and the space that acts as a stage for an unfolding series of photographs.
For more information about the artist and publicity material, please contact Merel de Kok - Galerie Bart, +31 (0)20-320 62 08, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.galeriebart.nl (Mention of names is obligatory when using photographs.)