Exhibition: Photoworks by Ruud van Empel
By Gemma Riberti

Fascinated with a world of innocence and unpolished dreams, Ruud van Empel’s portraits unveil a garden of Eden landscape with lush greenery and sizzling …

Mar 07, 2014
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Fascinated with a world of innocence and unpolished dreams, Ruud van Empel’s portraits unveil a garden of Eden landscape with lush greenery and sizzling disturbing details.

The exhibition, Photoworks at The Noordbrabants Museum, shows 30 works from Ruud van Empel who explores his own methodology within digital photography while playing with vivid computer colors and lavish tropical settings, creating creepy atmospheres using surreal models.

There is always something not quite right in his photos; meticulous attention to a hyper real level of detail skews his digital compositions that are reworked with individual images.

Ruud van Empel’s obsession with this strange sort of “innocence” seems to filter through an extremely polished look were his acute attention to detail provides a window to a very personal world full of imagination and pure fantasy. Still lifes consist of tranquil exotic images which deliberately evoke an intimate and lost world with overstyled components and surreal compositions.

The photographic exhibition lets the visitor linger and wander between what is real and what is not. At the same time, this creepy aspect provides a fascinating undertone and introduces the viewer to a world of sumptuous colors and digitally polished textures which are an absolute feast for the eyes.

Photoworks by Ruud van Empel runs until June 8th at The Noordbrabants Museum in The Netherlands – Mona Dekker


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