Stephan Keppel: Entre entree, at LhGWR, The Hague

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To write an article for Villa La Repubblica about Stephan Keppel’s exhibition Entre entree i went to Lief hertje en de Grote Witte Reus ( LhGWR; Sweet little deer and the Big White Giant) gallery.

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Keppel’s work is a combination of finding, inventing, reproducing and probably sheer drunkenness in doing so.

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Problem with works on paper is that you always see yourself and the surroundings mirrored in the protecting glass. But well, that’s a fact of life.

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In a way it also gives an extra dimension.

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Keppel made pictures in the seemingly lifeless suburbs. In his photography the buildings and landscaping only seem to exist by and for themselves.

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They become abstract compositions. In this great diptych the yellowed paper becomes part of the atmosphere (the reflection is from a video in the gallery).

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Keppel uses different kinds of paper, like in this case graph paper.

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You might even think the reflections in this glass case add to the experience.

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Even the glass roof adds to it with the composition with black lines in the background.

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Keppel’s work isn’t completely devoid of human beings but this one looks a bit defaced.

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But the use of black and white photography, screening and different prepared kinds of paper give everything, dead or alive, its place.

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Gold and silver even give an extra dimension in another way.

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Keppel has a good nose for finding these kind of things (or do they find him?).

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During the opening ceremony, of which some video footage is on show, Keppel’s new book Paris was presented.

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It’s a gorgeous book, full of grey and gold.
Be sure to go and see the show. Saturday 30 August is your last chance!

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(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

Read full article and see additional pictures here.

Bertus Pieters

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