83 Days at Vaque Storytelling in New York

14 September 2012

Vague Storytelling

Curated by Leslie Grant and Grant Willing

September 14 – October 27, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, September 14, 6-8pm

Pierre Le Hors
Florian Göttke & Rebecca Sakoun
Niels Stomps
Wytske van Keulen

To consider place: a vague storytelling; a non-definitive portrayal; a shifting sense of authenticity; sentimentality questioned. The works of Pierre Le Hors, Florian Göttke & Rebecca Sakoun, Niels Stomps, and Wytske van Keulen, surround the idea of myth and place. Each artist focuses on a place and contextualizes it through events or circumstances relevant to the environment. The photographs depict an allusionary understanding of how the landscape metaphysically affects the way life exists in these realms.

Pierre Le Hors’ Esopus Island documents a remote island on the Hudson River where Aleister Crowley allegedly lived for a month in 1918. During this time spent, Crowley claimed to have experienced parts of his previous lives through deep meditation. Florian Göttke & Rebecca Sakoun retell their experiences on Baffin Island through recreation in the studio. This is a reliving: an exploration of the past in the present. In Wytske van Keulen’s We would come to doubt everything. And almost everyone would come to doubt., she documents her subject’s choice to leave his existing life behind in order to start over in a new place. This place, according to the subject, is a place of world importance and thus is a natural place to seek and create a new life. Niels Stomps’ 83 Days of Darkness considers an entire town’s attempt to alter how nature affects the overall mood of the place. For three months, this small town in the Alps receives no natural sunlight due to the looming mountain peaks. For the past four years, a mirror has been placed on a nearby mountainside in order to reflect sunlight and bring illumination to the shadowed town.

– Leslie Grant and Grant Willing