Following her previous book When I Was a Boy, Katrien De Blauwer (b. 1969, Belgian) continues to explore her medium of « photography without a camera » in the monograph Why I Hate Cars. After studies in painting and fashion, De Blauwer began delving into a wayward artistic practice by collecting imagery from old magazines and newspapers — as a therapeutic self investigation, of which became the foundation of her work. In creating her own collages, De Blauwer reveals an inner realm as she initiate anonymous and cinematic narrations. In this particular work, she began experimenting with paint and crayons — bearing an additional layer of colors to the stories she tells. Publisher`s Info
Katrien de Blauwer has become a master in the art of “cutting”, a term that defines her practice better than “collage”, since the latter fails to express her mastery of composition and the formal impact of her creations. In fact, her artworks are not collages in the usual sense. They are not about associating fragments in order to recreate images like the surrealists did for instance. Her artistic gesture originates from an intuitive perception and a poetical process, but her approach is conceptual and essential in nature. Katrien de Blauwer is a meticulous observer and a careful analyst of the various elements that make up a photograph whether in relation to the subject matter – how it captures a piece of reality through framing- but also to the image space – the various levels and colors it is made of. However she is not directly a photographer. She prefers to pick and extract bits and pieces from others’ photographic language in order to revive their formal value. Galerie Les filles du calvaire
20 x 25 cm. 72 pages. 64 color plates. Offset printed paperbound hardcover. Linen thread bound. Red headband. Authentic tip-in images on front cover and back cover. Published in 2019.
Why I Hate Cars accompanies her exhibition Love Me Tender in Paris, France at Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, May 18–June 15, 2019.
Artist: RAMZi | Album: Phobiza “Noite” Vol. 2 | Year: 2017.