Although the project which Frederik Vercruysse initially had in mind when embarking on his residency at Villa Lena was a new series of still lifes, he soon felt compelled to capture his inspirational surroundings in images rather than remain within the four walls of his studio.
His photographs of marble quarries evoke a sense of beauty, while concurrently imbued with a melancholy sprit; the creation of beauty at the expense of nature. Without the inclusion of any human figures, it is impossible to fathom the larger-than-life scale of this totally unique form of landscape architecture. This has produced some abstract and picturesque images.
Vercruysse retained this approach in his photographs of the surrounding countryside. The tangle of plants resembles the scribbling of a ballpoint pen, the condensation on the window pane transforms the sunset into an abstraction, while the hail creates an illusion resembling that of a pointillist painting. With this layered approach, reality is detached from its context, creating a poetic image.
‘Tempo Polveroso’ or: ‘Pulverised Time’. A series of 16 unique still lifes over which a cloud of mysterious, powdery mist appears to be suspended.
Tempo Polveroso by Frederik Vercruysse runs from Friday, 24 April to Saturday 30 May at Graanmarkt 13, Antwerp. The gallery is open from Monday to Saturday from 10.30am to 6.30pm.
The artist’s work - five editions per work of art - and an exhibition booklet with a limited edition of 100 copies will be sold during the exhibition.
Frederik Vercruysse is an Antwerp based photographer. No matter the subject, Frederik’s signature style is very recognizable. He describes his work as still life photography in the broadest sense of the word. His aim is to photograph the subject in its purest form, sometimes realistic, often minimalistic. Distinguishing features of his work are fresh, graphic images bathed in a soft light. Vercruysse has an eye for detail and a well-defined sense of aesthetics. He is an expert in creating compositions, regardless of whether he is photographing architecture, an interior or a still life.
Frederik has worked for numerous magazines including Wallpaper, Architectural Digest Germany, A Magazine, Dwell, Case Da Abitare and Elle Decoration and can count brands such as Airbnb, Eastpak, Muller Van Severen, villa eugénie, Raf Simons, Samsonite, IKEA and many museums and architects among his clients.
Frederik Vercruysse is represented by Initials LA.
Initials LA, a photo management and production agency based in Antwerp, was founded by Lies Muys and An Pauwels. The agency aims to support photographers and filmmakers in the advancement of their artistic and commercial careers. Over the years, Initials LA has grown into an international agency representing top level photographers in all disciplines of photography.
Graanmarkt 13 is an inspirational venue where art, fashion, design, lifestyle and food converge. The cellar houses the renowned ‘Graanmarkt 13’ restaurant run by chef Seppe Nobels, while the ground floor is dedicated to the stylish high-end fashion and remarkable designer objects offered by the Graanmarkt 13 Store. The gallery on the floor above regularly features exhibitions of new works by young fashion designers and interesting Belgian and international artists. The top floor contains ‘The Apartment’, luxury accommodation in the heart of Antwerp. Designed by Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen, the building itself is a veritable architectural pearl.
Villa Lena is more than just a hotel. It provides inspirational accommodation to international and multi-disciplinary artists through an ‘artist in residence’ programme. Photographers, writers, musicians, designers - and mere mortals - are welcome to come here to enjoy Tuscan nature, art and culture and partake of all the delicious food grown and prepared on the premises. Villa Lena is a collaborative venture initiated by gallery owner Lena Evstafieva, musician Jérôme Hadey and Lionel Bensemoun, founder of the Parisian club ‘Le Baron’ - all of whom are considered celebrities in the Parisian cultural scene.