similarity between Marcel Duchamp, forerunner of the Dadaists, and Ger van Elk in their way of thinking and working; for both of them an unconventional theme was more important than the form.
‘What I am after is a realistic depiction of non-realistic situations’
artificiality of this kind of situation through, for instance, the poses the figures strike, their shiny pomaded hair or the garish nature of their surroundings. The photos are coloured in and sometimes rephotographed to bring home to the viewer how he has begun to take artificiality for granted.
‘The only thing one can do is rebel’
arrives at crossroads where he has to decide his direction without the help of a map. This is why he makes a figure of himself, or sometimes even two figures; Van Elk tussling with Van Elk in Triangle Balance Pull or Van Elk debating with Van Elk in The Western Stylemasters (1987). Furthermore, the title of the second work is in deliberate opposition to his desire not to be a stylemaster.
Ger van Elk, Nederlands boegbeeld conceptuele kunst, overleden (73)
EEN BESCHEIDEN MEESTERWERK
GEEN FOTOGRAAF, GEEN SCHILDER. WEL NIEUWSGIERIG
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