David Claerbout

Untitled (Boy at a window)

2004

Two framed Kodak Endura black & white photographs

Each photograph of this diptych measures 38 x 29 cm. Each frame measures 44,5 x 54,5

Edition of 50 copies, signed and numbered by the artist

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about this work

This edition consists of two photographic collages, based on architectural photographs. Twice, we see the same window, twice the same boy sitting on a table. One image shows a view from the interior, with a boy seen from behind while looking outside at a garden with trees. The other image shows us the interior, seen from the garden. The  boy now looks the other way,inside the house. His face, however, always hidden from our gaze.

As in much of his work, David Claerbout places Boy at a window in a broader art historical tradition: a figure who turns his back on the viewer to look at a landscape. it is a common motif in paintings from the Romantic period. There is often a strong melancholy about these images, as for example with the work of Caspar David Friedrich.

 

This diptych edition was published by S.M.A.K. in 2004. Both photographs are framed seperately, in stained white wooden frames with a mat (passe-partout).

about David Claerbout

As one of the most innovative and acclaimed artists of his generation working with moving image, David Claerbout has created a striking body of works within which the media of film and photography appear to co-exist. Claerbout’s works often depict some everyday activity or event that seems to be the subject of the work, but as time passes we as viewers face a dilemma in how to decipher the artist’s intention. The works not only alter our established understanding of time and the narrative process but also our notions of reality, illusion, and the relationship between them.

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Other works by David Claerbout

David Claerbout - Olympia (The real time disintegration into ruins of the Berlin Olympic stadium over the course of a thousand years) – Impression of Rain  - 2017

David Claerbout

Olympia (The real time disintegration into ruins of the Berlin Olympic stadium over the course of a thousand years) – Impression of Rain

David Claerbout - White Hand Supporting a Black Head - 2015

David Claerbout

White Hand Supporting a Black Head

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