Bildhalle is proud to announce a new addition to the gallery, the renowned Dutch artist Casper Faassen. We will celebrate our new cooperation with a solo show in Zurich opening on September 30 and with a presentation at Photo Basel (September 21-26).
Viewing Faassen’s work is akin to peering through the mists of time. With a studio in Leiden, the birthplace of Rembrandt, the artist takes inspiration from the classical paintings to which he was introduced as a young boy in The Netherlands. Specifically, he approaches the vanitas genre of still-life painting from a new perspective, developing a unique visual language through the combination of photography, paint, and the application of craquelure.
In his own words: "The juxtaposition between the eternal and the temporal, beauty and decay, appearing and disappearing is my main theme. All painters and photographers have the ability to freeze time and capture a single moment. I emphasize that moment by adding an element of time – not necessarily by using literal vanitas references but through the handling of materials. The use of craquelure is my symbol for time and introduces a visual element since it is oil paint and thus sharp, contrasting with the rest of the blurry image. Most of the distance is created by the way the picture is taken, through a matte medium. I print the image on to that same matte medium giving a further sense of distance. What I also like about the craquelure is the texture it gives to the surface or skin. The work becomes more material, more substantial, pointing toward painting instead of photography and thus encouraging a different way of perceiving the work. Within this visual language I`ve grown so comfortable with, I love to explore different themes."