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19.06.2012

 

GoSee loves ... Banquet Still Life - Louise te Poele’s poetic taxidermy still lifes

GoSee presents an exciting new project by SCREENings 2011 Finalist, Louise te Poele (*1984, Netherlands). The annual ‘Internet goes Print’ Competition honours finalists that walk the fine line between commercial, fashion and art photography in a beautiful balancing act. GoSee will shortly call for entries for this year’s SCREENings Award. The announcement of the three winners selected from 20 finalists will be made at the UPdate Salon on 26th October 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Berlin.

Here is Louise’s statement on her latest work:

"The still lifes were created by conflicting feelings of melancholy and abundant energy. The process reminds me of how I used to potter in my girls room when I was little. Making monkeys hanging on a transparent string in a jar. And then going to my mother and telling her, look mom the monkey floats!

In the still lifes I use materials which are ingredients for meals, such as potatoes, eggs, sugar, lemon, sprouts and bread. These carry the symbolism of the "Banquet Still Life'. Symbolism that encourages moderation.

Artists in the 19th century wanted to recall dreams and visions instead of visible reality to images, in response to the growing industrialization and materialism in Europe. As Gauguin sought refuge in pristine areas far away from society, I sought refuge in my studio. On my wooden planks table I build my own universe. The pictures started an urban poetic stillness, but soon degenerated into an aesthetic explosion of energy.

Her work was recently displayed at the ‘Blik – contemporary Dutch photography’ group show at Neonchocolate Gallery, Berlin. The exhibition presented a wide spectrum of Dutch photography including Louise’s unmistakable and unique eye.


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