CUBISTERIES

1983-1989

I find traces from my first picture in this series back into 1983. The idea grew slowly, like an escape from the studio routine and from too many monotonous commissions at the time: a sort of therapy to exercise my illusions between two jobs.

This play with reality and illusory could take ages to complete. It was difficult to feel "ready" with the picture. More time, more play, could only add new dimensions. Some of these pictures are just within the range of the possible. A test into the limits of patience...

I only managed to complete about twenty pictures under this time.

The basic composition is extremely simple and classical. I was working with large-format polaroids and instant copies on which I could sketch my "intentions". All the effects are made on the set before the actual shooting, so were my rules, and still are. I used a large-format Sinar and the film used was Agfa 50S which we processed ourselves. The pictures were never retouched.

Around the same time, David Hockney experimented in his own manner with Cubism.

I chose to call the series "Cubisteries" as they mostly remind Cubism by appearance, not in context.

Some of these pictures were used in Japan for the Dai-Chi Insurance calendar, under the title "Cubisteries". It won several awards, including one from Kodak.

"Electa Editrice" in Italy made a portfolio in 1000ex, in connection with an exhibition at the Galleri Il Milione in Milano 1986, under the same title.

Under the same time, dye-transfers in the format 40x50 in limited editions were made in Paris by the Ateliers Janjac.


Femmes, Fleurs, Fruits & Légumes

Commissioned Work

Petits Bouquets Sur Fonds En Grisaille

Cubisteries

Suite Automnale

Beyond Mystery Bay

Le Pays Du Rêve



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