Lionel Estère's Installation "Lange Bos" at
A long, thin, pretty straight stem of an unidentified
plant, as well as its relatively large & light blossom are seen in
the darkness. The plant, referred to as a 'lengthy bush' (lange bos) by
the artist, is located at what seems to be the edge of a forest where it
is growing next to and in fact, almost 'under' thin tree trunks.
Three strong stagelights have been placed on the ground.
Their light emphasizes or heightens the almost white
appearance of the 'long bush'.
It sharpens our perception of the opposition of dark and
light areas: the dark interspaces between the trees and the light-stroked
tree trunks as well as the whitish bush.
A dreamlike impression of 'nature near-at-hand' is created
in the case of the bush and adjacent trees whereas the trees further away
recede into the black night.
The 'bush' with its long and straight stem and the blossom(s)
is highlighted especially, in an almost fairytale way, as if it was a little
child among a number of adults that receives all the attention. Or a princess
or prince, standing in her or his own lonely and vulnerable way among the
courtiers in the king's palace.
The observer knows that it is the presence of light flowing
from the technical apparatus installed close to the soil at the edge of
the forest that is transforming everything.
And yet, the metal frames from which this light is flowing
could strike an audience like mythical flying objects intruding from another
Insofar there exists more than a starkness or intensity
inscribed in the contrast of, and transitions between, light and darkness
that we discover.
Being technically produced, the light that pervades and
affects the natural darkness of night flows from these metallic things
we see that must not be forgotten because, as technical objects, they enter
into the visual equation; they are seens, and they are obviously 'matter'
processed and formed and installed by man, set against the growing, blooming,
blossoming elements of nature.
At the time of darkness, someone, presumably the artist,
has placed the strangely out-of-place, therefore 'strange' objects inside
nature which is thus confronted with the difference and 'strangeness'
of these objects but which, by the artifical light these objects emit,
has has already taken on a 'strange' appearance itself.
It is this twin effect, produced by the contradiction
of technical and natural 'objects' seen, and by the visual modification
of nature achieved as a result of the introduction of electric light, which
is at the core of the intervention undertaken in order to create an acute
Tentoonstelling / exposition
" LOCATION / UPDATE "
(vernissage / opening Sept. 1, 2002)
01.09. - 29.09. 02
Lionel Estère / Pieterjan Ginckels
/ Henri Jacobs / Emilio López-Menchero / Benoit Roussel / Lukas
Vandenabeele / Hans Verhaegen / Freek Wambacq / Sophie Whettall
Curator: Philippe Braem
v.z.v. Speelhoven. Haferbeekstraat 90
B-3200 Aarschot, Tel.-Fax 016 / 56 80 03