‘NON EVENTS’ BY JONATHAN WATERIDGE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jonathan Wateridge‘s paintings are elaborately crafted ‘non-events’ that have the trappings of a real occurrence but for the most part are entirely fabricated. A significant part of his work over recent years has been to reconfigure or re-make a given scenario or found image. This involves building full-scale sets and using performers to enact roles, within the context of the studio, in order to set up questions about the way we frame and understand notions of the real.

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The work employs painterly realism as a ‘default setting’ by which to view the world, curbing any excesses of expressive style to emphasise not only the often fleeting, banal and everyday quality of the scenes depicted but also the nature of their construction.

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3D MODELS THAT LOOK LIKE PAINTINGS BY JASPER DE BEIJER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dutch artist Jasper de Beijer uses sculpture-based photography to inspire new ideas about the past. The underlying theme in his work is the impact that the media’s representation has on our collective understanding of history. de Beijer aims to deconstruct the media by staging historical events as 3D models, photographing them and then distorting them in his studio- the result of which looks stunningly more like drawings or illustrations than actual photographs. Each image taken is of a physical set made of drawn material and constructed bodies, environments, and ephemera.

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