2015 Summer Sessions Residence Final Presentation
Construction in Time and Place
Time: 12 September 2015, 15:00
Language: English with Chinese translation
Venue: Chronus Art Center
Address:Building 18, No 50 Moganshan Road, Shanghai
Artist Teun Vonk is about to complete his two-month summer sessions residency at Chronus Art Center. Vonk and CAC are pleased to invite you to the final presentation titled Construction in Time and Place.
This presentation consists of two projects: the first one attempts to capture a hyper-realistic image of a tree, through view points at various places and time. The artist asked for permission to film the tree from different residents’s apartments surrounding it, and created an image of an horizontal tree which consists of different perspectives and can barely be seen as reality. For some residents, the tree is relatively close to their apartment and obstructs their view ,and some others regard it creates a nice piece of nature. For Vonk, it was a opportunity to make contact with residents and take a look into their homes.
The second project is a playful interaction with the package delivery man who build “practical sculptures” of packages every day on their e-bike to travel around the city. By sending a specially designed device and frame-only boxes, Vonk is trying to create something familiar yet alienated to the deliveryperson and providing a view from the inside of the sculpture capturing the movement of delivery in the city.
About the Artist
Teun Vonk (1986) is a photographer and video artist. In his work he observes how a group affects an individual. He explores different groups, ranging from teams to clubs to communities. Both during his working process and in the visual result, the continuous interaction between the group and the individual, as well as the interaction between the visual director and the subject, play an influential role.
Vonk records his subjects noticeably neutral. His objective is not so much to portray but rather to conduct a visual analysis. In this visual analysis, the camera and the eventual framing of images are his instruments. As images in motion, the individual body and that of the group are taken into account as dynamic studies of form. They abstract real behavior and function as mirrors to our minds. The result is a layered combination of an abstract imagery that indirectly represents, and a figurative portrayal that directly depicts. This, in sum, constitutes a rise of individual identification, both physically and playful, while simultaneously analytic and intriguing.
About Summer Sessions
The Summer Sessions are short-term residencies for young artists organized by a network of cultural organizations all over the world.The Summer Sessions offer a highly productive atmosphere with production support and expert feedback to jumpstart your professional art practice. The result is a pressure cooker in which you develop a project, from concept to presentable work, ready to show.