Published: august 2012
In partnership with Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag
Authors: E. Bos, H. den Hartog Jager
Design: Anja Groten
Edition: 24 x 17 cm, 120 fc afbn., 148 pag., gebonden
Price: € 27,50
The Innocent Abroad Jasper de Beijer
The Innocent Abroad is Jasper de Beijer’s second monograph. It offers a survey of the artist’s work of the past seven years. Although the intensified worlds that are evoked by De Beijer (1973) in his oeuvre are heavily manipulated, his subjects can always be traced back to current or historical examples. His series ‘The Riveted Kingdom’ for instance deals with Victorian England, while ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’ offers the artist’s perspective on the horrors of the First World War. Other themes are nearer to our own times. ‘Udongo’, for example, takes place in an imaginary African country – a place of clan warfare and shadowy spirits. Or take ‘Half Caste’, which is inspired by the dream world of Hollywood.
De Beijer works for months at a time on his models – which can be anything from small-scale to life-size – skilfully recreating the images that exist in his mind’s eye. Like a chameleon, he constantly adapts his style to the subject. The artist proceeds to process images of his work on his computer, with everything eventually crystallising into singular photographic images. De Beijer’s photo manipulations lure the viewer into a sophisticated game where fact and fiction constantly commingle. In this game, he exploits our tendency to not so much see what we are looking at, but what we ‘think’ we see.