From 1 to 16 July 2017, I participated in a group exhibition in Bellano at the Como Lake in Italy with 4 photos.
The photos I exhibit are printed on high quality cotton paper (100% cotton fiber) framed in an aluminum floater frame.
Curator: Marcello Cazzaniga, Camaver Kunsthaus – website: camaver.it
Critics/Review by Mr. Marcello Cazzaniga, owner of Camaver Kunsthaus (camaver.it), following the exhibition ‘El Duende’, Bellano (It), July 2017
The artist’s poetry and the exhibition El Duende:
The artist expresses himself through photography, he himself defines his style as photographic impressionism. He uses light as if it were colors distributed in blurred brushes.
The themes discussed are mainly the natural representation, the Nordic landscape of the plains of the Netherlands and Denmark, which seem to emit a silent silence, a suspended and fairy atmosphere.
Jacob Berghoef’s works are works that enhance the simplicity of nature but which nevertheless stimulate our senses in a unique way; the exaltation of some details drives the observer to seek a deeper contact with nature and with his soul.
Light is the great protagonist of these photographs as it defines shadows and nuances. It is in these shadows that you find the interesting part of these works, the psychological introspection, the idea that there is something beyond the appearance at the end of a path at the end of the horizon.
That shiver we feel in front of these visions is the Duende that manifests itself in us, is that recondite aspect of art that causes something in us that we do not know how to codify but which makes us excited.
This simple life artist merely transmits his love for nature and his vision of a simple everyday life, but it is not a life full of mystery and wonder. Berghoef succeeds in trapping the essence of Duende, the contrast and the inevitable and indispensable relationship between light and shadow.
Text of the press release:
Duende is the name of a mythological figure of the popular Folklore depicted as a small humanoid, something like a gnome.
In time, the Duende has been identified as the spirit of evocation, physical and emotional response elicited by art .
Having the Duende is equivalent to that thrill that makes you smile or cry in front of a particularly expressive artistic performance.
The term is often used in folk music in particular in Flamenco, during the most intense performance.
Federico Garcia Lorca was one of the first to develop the aesthetics of Duende. In his view it can be isolated four fundamental aspects of the duende: irrationality, earthiness, a greater awareness of death, and a hint of evil. The duende is an earth spirit that helps the artist to see the limits of intelligence, leading the artist face to face with death, and that helps to create and communicate memorable, chilling art.
His vision is opposed to grace, classic charm, the lyrical virtuosity. The duende for Lorca is passion, inner conflict that captures not only the artist but also the public user, creating a condition in which this art can be understood with little conscious effort.
With duende we open the mind’s eye and everything is perceived with extreme force.
The duende is a mysterious power that resides in the dark side of things and emotions, is something perceptible by all but hard to explain. As St. Augustine said to define the time: “If you don’t ask me what it is, I know. If you ask me, I do not.”
There are no maps or spiritual exercises to do to find it, you just know that flows in our veins like blood, which eschews logical explanations and style rules. It burns creating an artistic experience intense and memorable.
Like a fire destroys and brings something new, something surprising even in its banality, is that “do not know” that fascinated us.
With this exhibition we will try to explore the Duende or summon him through the works of international artists. We will abandon the classic styles, the images already seen in favor of something more evocative that comes from the artist own experience, but able to touch each of us.
We will explore unknown territories or maybe just ignored, guided by that indefinable power that makes us goose bumps, or that disturbs us while watching a work of art.
At the end of this path perhaps we will not give a full explanation of what the Duende is, for sure we will not be able to describe it in words, but for sure we will have it live within us.
Photos of the exhibition:
Group Exhibition El Duende
Printing and framing by digiposter.de
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