Based in Rotterdam / The Hague (NL)
Loving Picture started from an interest in veiled queer sexuality and chat-room decor aesthetics. The video uses found footage of empty chat-rooms as well as posing figures, masked out by silhouettes of picturesque landscapes. The sequence is paired with a soundscape of chat room sounds, including pop music, typing, clicking, moans and whispers.
Codified and pixelated the bodies become objects, like in lush still-lifes. With tags like #here4u it becomes clear that through whatever screen you’re watching, you have a private window. You’re alone, so is he. Even though it speak to real-life desires, it is wrong to equate these virtual encounters to real ones. A virtual veneer covers up the experience: it’s not sex, it’s not nude, it’s not intimacy - it’s a picture of.
Growing up gay in a small town, meant visiting porn websites and chat rooms to experience something that seemed unattainable in real life. You spend so long picturing how it would be, that you live on with this imprint, placing love and intimacy at an exalted, virtual level. Loving Picture functions as a testimony of how a real desire for contact gets lost in pictorial translation. The video continues my paintings' research into the instrumentals of images and their dilution of intimacy.
For You The World, oil and acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 2023
untitled, oil & acrylic on canvas, 100 x 140 cm, 2023
untitled, oil on canvas, 130 x 140 cm, 2023
A thorn in the flesh, oil on canvas, 60 x 45 cm 2023
Ruins, oil on canvas, 110 x 160 cm, 2021
Edging, oil on linen, 65 x 90 cm, 2022
Wallflower I, oil on canvas, 60 x 100 cm, 2021
Sunscreen, oil on stretched bedsheet, 50 x 70 cm, 2021
untitled, oil on photoframe, 21 x 30 cm, 2020
04, oil on canvas, 65 x 95, 2020
Real People Hard Places, oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cm, 2020
Tender Breeze, oil on stretched pillow case, 30 x 45 cm, 2020
boyfun, oil & acrylic on canvas, 35 x 60 cm, 2020
untitled, oil on stretched pillow case, 35 x 60 cm, 2020
Seperate Selves, oil & acrylic on canvas, 35 x 60 cm, 2019
Loving Picture, video installation, 2020
untitled, oil on canvas, 75 x 95 cm, 2019
Putting the Joy Back into Detachment, oil & acrylic on canvas, 100 x 150 cm, 2018