Magazine article Artforum International

Patrick Vanden Eynde

Magazine article Artforum International

Patrick Vanden Eynde

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GALERIE XAVIER HUFKENS

Patrick Vanden Eynde's work incorporates time as well as space--a fictional and experiential universe that only emerges bit by bit. Each of his exhibitions has allowed him to replay his work, to push the evocative power of its images a little further. While painting and drawing have been his primary instruments, this time around the artist has chosen to work with collage. The images, which may be enlarged or drawn over, are scanned and then laser printed onto self-adhesive film. Each features one of four dominant aspects: evocation of sound; play with space; the technique of stitching or suture; and self-portraiture.

Sound: Black letters, and sometimes red ones, taken from found typefaces and rubbed in pencil repeat and jostle each other, evoking sounds. Fuse, 2000, for example, a spiral of letters and small ovals cut Out of magazine photographs, refers to the sound of a lit fuse before the bomb's explosion. Space: A series of collages based on images cut Out of specialized magazines unites objects of contrasting nature and scale. In their imaginary spaces the scales of a fish, a raspberry seed, the brass of a trumpet, or the black opacity of a sound engineer's mixing board are arrayed in an impossible perspective. Some of these collages are printed on film and attached to a Perspex support. Glossy, smooth, and enlarged to more effectively arouse desire, the objects shown in magazines are deployed here to emphasize the unreal, almost metallic quality that photography and printing have conferred on them. …

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