Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Decadent Pigeons in Barcelona

Decadent Pigeons in Barcelona by Lisa Klappe and Joachim van den Hurk

Photographer Lisa Klappe and spatial artist Joachim van den Hurk detect decay, boredom and slackness in many people. Is that blatant decadence the price we have to pay for prosperity and the so-called individual freedom in which we live?

With the exposition Decadent Pigeons both (together and separate) hold up a mirror to us. From the parallels they discovered between the behavior of pigeons and people they drew the not very roseate conclusion that if we continue this way, we will end up being exactly as those birds, grey shadows, still further removed from out nature, dismally bored and scandalously discontented.

Their works of art are unequivocally blunt and direct. Static portraits, grubby film mountings and living sculptures do confront us with their black humor and their nearly perverse overtones. In that way, they create an 'unheimisch' feeling that in itself leads to an immediate reflective mood.

Lisa Klappe (Eindhoven, 1979) is a photographer of fashion, design and people. In 2006 she finished her studies at the Amsterdam Photo Academy. Since that day she works as an independent photographer and editor, both for herself and on commission. Her photographs are a staged registration of the way she sees, discovers and experiences her surroundings. With a clear eye for detail she creates a subtle tension between beauty and repulsiveness. In that way even ugliness becomes aesthetical, but never without telling a story.

Joachim van den Hurk (Eindhoven, 1945) is spatial artist. He graduated from the Academy of Art as architectural designer, worked for several years in architectural firms in The Netherlands and organized expositions. During these years he developed a great passion for landscape architecture and planology. Since the 1980's he works as an independent artist and designer. Expositions of his works were held in The Netherlands, France, Spain and Australia. Joachim van den Hurk by turns lives in Barcelona and the south of France.

Decadent Pigeons opens September 09, 2010 until September 30, 2010 at Gallery Fort Pienc in Barcelona, Spain. In October 2010 Decadent Pigeons will under proviso move to the former textile factory De Ploeg near Eindhoven, The Netherlands for a special exposition during Eindhoven's Dutch Design Week. More information will follow as soon as possible.
Decadent Pigeons / Photos: Lisa Klappe / Sculptures: Joachim van den Hurk

* for more information: http://www.decadentpigeons.com

all photos by Lisa Klappe

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