painting: Pope 1
Pope 1
Pope 1, Oil on curdoroy, 2010
80cm x 130cm
painting: Pledge
Pledge, Acrylic on canvas, 2009
150cm x 100cm

Cheating Changes

First edition of Ponyhof's ZondagsGalerij (Sunday Gallery)

Antwerpen, 12 and 13 June 2011


Introduction by Liv Vaisberg, Director at Ponyhof Gallery




PONYHOF GALLERY questions in its shows the role of painting nowadays. Traditionally, painting was the medium used for centuries to depicts portraits or landscape, before the invention of photography. Since then, and especially in the 60s and 70s, painting has been repeatedly called dead and although there has been a resurgence in the eighties, it is unclear what place it holds on the contemporary art scene, suffering from its highly commodified status.

Is the fundamental role of the artist still to reflect today's society? Although it is not the objective of Ponyhof to oppose painting to other medium such as photography or video art, one aspect though is the fact that painters can set almost all its parameters, his constraints being the support/canvas and paint, in order to show its representation of the reality. Photography and video art on the other hand needs to compose with real life and light.

This exhibition shows how the young generation of painters stubbornly seek to give their representation of the world with all its evolutions and changes whilst cheating its audience in what they see. 

Celine Felga engages us in a critique of contemporary visual culture by constantly questioning  the relationship between individuals and their representation in a world dominated by mass-media. After having appropriated and digested images she gleans in the news, history or her personal experience, she then reinterprets, combines and stages them to put new life into them. She perceives human beings as fragmented individuals inhabiting a fragmented world, which she seeks to reflect through the nifty composition of her paintings.

Jens Hesse represents fragment of the world encapsulated in our LCD TV screen producing always better images. However, he represents the side-effects of this nearly perfect digital world by reproducing distortions accidently occurring in digital images.  This series of paintings is made on corduroy that translates the vertical banding effect seen on LCD-screens

Joseph Jessen's series of “reflection” painting are inspired from the German saying “Die Welt steht kopf” (the world is upside down). They challenge the viewer who doubts what is the representation and what is the reflexion. What actually appear to be an empty room or space is actually an upside down representation forcing the viewer to face its own emptiness.