JAN PAUL EVERS

Camera and photographic technique are the working instruments with which the Cologne-born Jan Paul Evers creates his works, oscillating between abstraction and specific motif. The handmade silver gelatine prints are unique – and counteract the reproductive possibilities of photography. Taken with a mobile phone or camera, photographed from film projections or found images, these are the starting point for his constructive-analytical work process with the image. They take their singular form in the laboratory through various development techniques and with the aid of cardboard stencils. The modification often render the original image almost unrecognisable and this subtraction recurs as an abstract entity in itself. In an interplay between difference and reference, the deceptive, poetic results reflect on the perception process, which had already proven to be significant during the development of the work, in order to identify the real image from the motif.

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