Jan Kempenaers

 
I'm not tailgating, I'm drafting
32 p + C-print, 17 x 23 cm


Dun Briste, Downpatrick Head
30 p + C-print, 23 x 33 cm


Picturesque
80 p, 33.5 x 26.5 cm

Spomenik
64 p, 33.5 x 24.5 cm


Composite
72 p + C-print, 24 x 31 cm



Jan Kempenaers, Picturesque
Book, published by Roma Publications, 2012
80 p, hardcover
33.5 x 26.5 cm
Roma Publication 173
In collabortion with Academy of Fine Arts Ghent.

Book with 45 landscapes and architecture photographs by Kempenaers. This book, together with his previous book Spomenik (2010) present the results of Kempenaers' practice based research on 'contemporary picturesque'. Dirk De Meyer, quoted from this book: "Yet, even when gratifying due to their composition and "their living tints and endless varieties", Kempenaers' photographs of landscapes altered by man forestall the nostalgia that has, over time, become typical for the picturesque. They force the viewer to remain in the present and think about its conditions and its future, and about the forces threatening our environment. Using Gilpin's topoi of the picturesque - which, by now, are themselves 'classical' - Kempenaers' images confront us with the picturesque's slightly disconcerting aspects. As one visitor of the 1975 New Topographics exhibition at the George Eastman House observed, the photographs on display were saying "This is it, kid; take it for its beauty and its ugliness."" Design: Roger Willems. ISBN 978 90 77459 74 4


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