Jan - Apr 09
'Fragmented images' is an
installation consisting of 140 oil paintings on cardboard squares
(20x20 cm). The work is based on a photograph that was cut into small
pieces of 2x2 cm. The pieces were used in random order to paint
the cardboard squares. Due to the small size of the pieces and the lack
of reference to the whole of the initial picture, the paintings become
autonomous images. The act of painting is now more important than the
representation of 'reality'. The original image is dismantled and loses
its representational power - if it ever had any!
The fragmentation, caused by the random painting procedure, is driven
to its limits in the way the squares are presented. A computer was used
to spread the 140 fragments over the gallery walls. Except for the
choice of the walls, no human decision interfered in the installation
of the fragments.
Even when some fragments were brought together in a later stage of the
exhibition, the image stayed fragmented due to the differences in
colour and composition of the individual squares. So this intervention
did not bring any coherence. It shows how the painted image is always
an interpretation of the source image.