The Same As It Never Was
Collage (/kəˈlɑːʒ/, from the French: coller, "to glue" or "to stick together";) is a technique of art creation, primarily used in the visual arts, but in music too, by which art results from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole. (Compare with pastiche, which is a "pasting" together.) (according to Wikipedia)
Looking at Gert Motmans’ work, you’ll realize this definition doesn’t cover the load.
It’s as if, with his works, Motmans creates a parallel world. His own analog images are taken out of context and laid next to other, “borrowed” images. Layering and redefining memories.
Some memories are of his own making, some are those of others, found in old books, magazines or on vintage postcards. Respectful, preservative, as if he is creating a shared history.
All this is underlined by certain characteristics. First there is the use of the paper, may it be vintage, torn out of an old book or delicate handcrafted Japanese Bizan or Kozo paper. Then there is the smaller format of the collages, protected by carefully chosen frames, asking the viewer to approach, originating intimacy.
Technically nothing is left to chance, to obtain the perfect balance, the perfect tension.
His work evokes a new illusive world, where people can rediscover past experiences, or can be reminded of places once visited. All in a language that seems quiet, whispered, reflecting Gert’s soft spoken nature.
The landscapes are undefined, witnessing solitude and therefor can be perceived as disorienting.
“I want to create a kind of physical awareness, when looking at the landscapes.
Landscapes always make me feel safe. I grew up in nature, surrounded by a caring family. Outside of this soothing cocoon, the world seemed very harsh at times. Often depending on myself, I created my own little imaginary world.”
words by “Peter Ceursters”
Artists: Gert Motmans