It is not painting or sculpture that drives Stief Desmet, but ‘shaping’ stories by means of images. Strong images that are recuperated, de-constructed and re-constructed in paintings, sculpture, video and performances. His tools are the images that surround us, from daily life, to art his- tory, to fairy-tales, ... Layer upon layer images are sampled to finally create an image that is a complex combination of multiple impulses. Daily visual, aural or tangible stimuli feed his art. He uses a growing repertoire of powerful, familiar images that allow easy association for all. It’s all about prototypes, templates stored in the collective minds, depicted through simple silhouettes. The image is almost the same as its value, like in a rebus. The shape of a story always starts out very clear. The pure and often idyllic shape and meaning of the icons put the story in motion, followed by an impulsive and intuitive process of building, searching and destroying.
Ron Mandos -Amsterdam
10.09.11 - 15.10.11
Pär Strömberg & Stief Desmet
interview met stief desmet 2008 (dutch)
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