Friday, 25 April 2008

Time, distance and reinvention
























Koen Hauser


It is hard to find the necessary distance to your own work. If you are not strict enough with yourself, the soup becomes too thin. And if you are being too hard on yourself, you really are in trouble.

Zoltan Jokay (via The Sonic Blog)

It's also important to know when a project is started, when it is finished and when to pack it in before it really gets going - and what to do with all those unfinished and unrealised projects, those little photographic factoids that lie around in boxes and on the computer.

In Cri de Couer, Dutch photographer Koen Hauser (via Mrs Deane) reuses his unfinished 'visual sketchbooks for unfinished work' to create strange but compelling combinations of text, archive and digital manipulations (I think) that become 'objects of their own'. It's hard to know what he means from his website, but you get an idea.

In De Luister van het Land ( The Lust of the Land - I'm guessing) he uses '250 photographs in which I interweaved old photographic narratives with my personal image in an installation on imagination and ephemerality'. Available now at a bookstore somewhere.



4 comments:

dR said...

"It is hard to find the necessary distance to your own work. If you are not strict enough with yourself, the soup becomes too thin. And if you are being too hard on yourself, you really are in trouble."

Great stuff... some wisdom shown here in this quote...

colin pantall said...

Hi dr:

Simple, but doing the simple things well is what makes everything so difficult.

Paul Pincus said...

Koen Hauser is interesting.

This portrait reminds me of John Currin, of course...still, it's a strong image.

-pp

colin pantall said...

The eyes do, Paul, but not the hair - it's those Margaret Thatcher eyes!

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