Dirk Braeckman: Luster./

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Dirk Braeckman: Luster./

New York

Dirk Braeckman: Luster./
to Sat 26 Feb 2022
Tue-Sat 11am-6pm
Artist: Dirk Braeckman

GRIMM presents its first exhibition with Belgium-based artist Dirk Braeckman titled Luster./. This is the artist’s first solo show in New York in over a decade, which brings together photographs and video work from 2012 to 2021. A small publication will be published on the occasion of the exhibition.

Artworks

R.N.-W.S.-21, 2021

Ultrachrome inkjet print mounted on aluminium in stainless steel frame
180 x 120 cm | 70 7/8 x 47 1/4 in
Edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof (#3/3)

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U.C.-T.C.I.-21, 2021

Ultrachrome inkjet print mounted on aluminium in stainless steel frames (series of five works)
180 x 120 cm | 70 7/8 x 47 1/4 in
Edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof (#1/3)

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E.N.-C.K. -12 - 2013, 2013

Gelatin silver print mounted on aluminium support and frame
180 x 120 cm | 70 7/8 x 47 1/4 in
Edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof (#2/3)

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27.1 / 21.7 / 045 / 2014, 2014

Ultrachrome inkjet print on matte paper mounted on aluminium in stainless steel frame
120 x 180 cm | 47 1/4 x 70 7/8 in
Edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof (#2/3)

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U.M.-V.P.-16, 2016

Gelatin silver print mounted on aluminium support and frame
180 x 120 cm | 70 7/8 x 47 1/4 in
Unique in a series of 3 (#1/3). Edition of 3

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O.G.-O.H.-20, 2020

Ultrachrome inkjet print mounted on aluminium in stainless steel frame
120 x 180 cm | 47 1/4 x 70 7/8 in
Edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof (#1/3)

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S.G.-B.S.-21, 2021

Ultrachrome inkjet print mounted on aluminium in stainless steel frame
180 x 120 cm | 70 7/8 x 47 1/4 in
Edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof (#1/3)

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F.W.-S.V.-21, 2021

Ultrachrome inkjet print mounted on aluminium in stainless steel frame
180 x 120 cm | 70 7/8 x 47 1/4 in
Edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof (#1/3)

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S.N.-U.N.-21, 2021

Ultrachrome inkjet print mounted on aluminium in stainless steel frame
90 x 60 cm | 35 3/8 x 23 5/8 in
Edition of 5 plus 1 artist's proof (#1/5)

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L.U.-A.L.-21, 2021

Ultrachrome inkjet print mounted on aluminium in stainless steel frame
120 x 180 cm | 47 1/4 x 70 7/8 in
Edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof (#1/3)

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S.B.-C.P.-18, 2018

Ultrachrome inkjet print on matte mounted on aluminium support in stainless steel frame
120 x 180 cm | 47 1/4 x 70 7/8 in
Edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof (#1/3)

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T.S.-O.S.-18 #1, 2018

Gelatin silver print reversibly mounted on aluminium support and frame
180 x 120 cm | 70 7/8 x 47 1/4 in
Unique in a series of 3 (#1/3)

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The photographs by Braeckman are enigmatic in their evasion of clear, linear narratives; an approach that can be seen as contradictory to the traditional deliberations of the medium. Explorations of time, however, remain in focus through a disrupted, abstracted means. Braeckman’s compositions are pulled from a seemingly endless archive of negatives that the artist has built over decades. Oftentimes a negative does not see the light of day for years until the artist is ready to employ its image. Images are then merged, manipulated, to create new inexplicable worlds, pushing the boundaries of photography by the sheer refusal of offering practical or evidential representations.

Featuring distant seascapes, architectural details and blurred nudes, Braeckman’s photographs are more akin to a painterly worldbuilding rather than documentation. The artist, much like the rest of the us, has retreated the past two years to a more localized life. An impulse for travel has shaped much of Braeckman’s life and practice, but recently the artist has returned to the studio and his darkroom, experimenting with new techniques and utilizing everything within his reach to create new confounding compositions.

Also included in the exhibition is the video work Hemony (2012), which features a swinging monumental church bell filmed from below. Tension builds as the swinging speeds up. The viewer waits for the bell clapper to hit, to hear the familiar strike of a bell’s tone, though the film remains silent. The absence of anticipated sound echoes themes of desire, offering a beautiful harmony to the darkness and voids of the photographs.

Courtesy of the artist and GRIMM


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