Vadim Vosters (FR, º1979)

The video projections are images of Vadim Vosters walking around with a torch.
Through flickering light he searches images in caves, forests, museums, art collection.
Through the torch we as a spectator do not immediately see the image, so we walk around with it and search for images.
So we ourselves also discover the paintings, installations, it is a ride in the night looking for the image.

2011, video installation with three projections, Verbeke Foundation
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In the work of Vadim Vosters, darkness is a unifying force, rendering all in its grip equal in stature. Light creates visibility, its edge defining the unseeable. Beyond that edge are things we cannot identify, although we perceive that they are there. In his paintings and installations, Vadim Vosters explores these delicate aspects of darkness and light in great depth.
In the installation SMOKE-FILLED ROOM, the darkness serves as a mental space; the viewer peers into the architecture as if through a foggy window. Light appears as an unnatural force, piercing the murky air in precisely defined beams. This mix of physical elements evokes an elusive environment, conjures-up a strangely cinematic scenario in which the viewer inadvertently plays a key role.
The room we enter is a space of interaction, suddenly filled with our own shadows, placing us effectively inside the architecture and on stage within the installation. Life and activity permeate the scene by way of our animated human silhouettes. A café interior is invoked by a painting and made multidimensional through the use of projected images, eluding us in a desirable way.
Sitting in this dark room one is inclined to contemplate while seeking out the visible within the enveloping space. Hindered visibility creates room for thought, the dim, hazy environment yielding introversion. Communication thus becomes highly personal, bouncing between oneself and one’s shadow, oneself and the setting, lacking any interpretation.
Hovering somewhere between viable and entirely imaginary, these physically-sound surroundings within which one enters impose an abandonment of conscious manoeuvring and visual acuity, replacing them with something far more personal and unusually real.

Verbeke Foundation