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.
Keppel’s work is a combination of finding, inventing, reproducing and probably sheer drunkenness in doing so.
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.
In a way it also gives an extra dimension.
Keppel made pictures in the seemingly lifeless suburbs. In his photography the buildings and landscaping only seem to exist by and for themselves.
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).
Keppel uses different kinds of paper, like in this case graph paper.
You might even think the reflections in this glass case add to the experience.
Even the glass roof adds to it with the composition with black lines in the background.
Keppel’s work isn’t completely devoid of human beings but this one looks a bit defaced.
But the use of black and white photography, screening and different prepared kinds of paper give everything, dead or alive, its place.
Gold and silver even give an extra dimension in another way.
Keppel has a good nose for finding these kind of things (or do they find him?).
During the opening ceremony, of which some video footage is on show, Keppel’s new book Paris was presented.
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!
Read full article and see additional pictures here.