Simple Present

Simple Present

by Bert Danckaert


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Simple Present by Bert Danckaert

Bert Danckaert took the eighty-six photographs in this book across eighteen cities on four continents between 2007 and 2013. Depending on the spectator's empathy, Danckaert's photographs may be read on formal or documentary levels, or both. He turns ordinary, often unrecognizable fragments of urban reality into extraordinary works that reveal a profound knowledge and understanding of the history of modern art, especially its painterly, narrative, conceptual and constructivist currents.

Inge Henneman, former curator of the Museum of Photography in Antwerp and professor of the history of photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the same city, wrote of his work:"Bert Danckaert's bizarre cityscapes deal with the paradox of non-figurative simplicity, as well as with the complexity of meaning and metaphor. His 'urban still-lives' breathe a kind of strangeness that can only emanate from the familiar. 'Found' sidewalks, walls, and 'street furniture' refer more to minimalist art than to the conventions of documentary photography. In his absurd compositions, a recognizable and banal reality appears as a stage set, props and trompe l'oeil included, while the actors are absent".

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789401412339
Publisher: Lannoo Publishers (Acc)
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 10.80(w) x 13.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Bert Danckaert (b.1965) lives and works in his native city of Antwerp, where he studied at the National Higher Institute of Fine Arts (NHISK) and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASKA). He now teaches photography at the latter.He also writes on photography. His texts are published regularly in several reputed periodicals and his work is represented exclusively by Roberto Polo Gallery, Brussels.

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