Monday, January 21, 2013

Artist resume in 500 letters

Triggered by a Hyperallergic article, I checked out the on-line service set up by 500letters.org: you simply type in a few personal details, your main art medium, and three characteristic themes, and the computer spews out a resume in 500 letters that could fool a curator. This is what it produced for me (medium photography, themes abstraction, everyday, and minimalism):

Hennie Schaper (Enschede, Netherlands) is an artist who mainly works with photography. By applying abstraction, Schaper often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation. 

His photos are characterised by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middleclass mentality in which recognition plays an important role. With a subtle minimalistic approach, he creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles. 

His works doesn’t reference recognisable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, he creates work in which a fascination with the clarity of content and an uncompromising attitude towards conceptual and minimal art can be found. The work is aloof and systematic and a cool and neutral imagery is used.

His practice provides a useful set of allegorical tools for manoeuvring with a pseudo-minimalist approach in the world of photography: these meticulously planned works resound and resonate with images culled from the fantastical realm of imagination. Hennie Schaper currently lives and works in Kampen.

Pretty impressive, right? Try it, just for fun! Image above was created by me via the on-line web site Wordle.

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