'Perspective Study' on top of various drawings and prints, 2015, black and white print of a paper negative made with a pinhole camera with 10 lenses, 24 x 17,8 cm
Documentation of 'Perspective Study' in progress, 2015, photograph, 29 x 39 cm
Born Groningen (NL), 1985
Wouter Venema’s presentation is like a map that provides an overview at a glance. But in order to understand it all, you have to zoom in down to the level of individual objects, drawings and photographs that act as scenes within the bigger story.
Venema, for example, photographed a cobra using a homemade pinhole camera with ten lenses. He links the way the animal repeatedly sheds its skin to the artist who leaves behind part of his identity when taking off his overalls.
In his work Venema questions his artistry and the way people can assume various roles which, however, never manifest themselves simultaneously. This is linked to Venema’s protracted research into the inherent impossibility of gaining oversight in perception.