Installation with 59 Lambda c-prints, various measurements, 2014

SPEKTRUM*objekt18(portrait) is based on the schematic representation of a color chart used in a publication of the Eastman Kodak Company named The Joy of Photography. In 1991 this photo technique book was released under the title Fotograferen voor iedereen in Dutch language. The scheme on page 263 visualizes how the density of the filters yellow (Y) and magenta (M) in a color print enlarger influences the printed photograph. Back in analogue times, such a set of images was used by laboratory technician to produce neutral photographic prints as fast as possible.
In the work SPEKTRUM*objekt18(portrait) this scheme is turned into a physical experience for the visitors. I question to what extent the scheme‘s construction as a whole, the used photographic motif, as well as the combination of text and image can be read as an expression of a Western normative way of thinking by the people involved in the production process of this publication.

Exhibited at
bautzner69, Dresden, 2014.
de Warande, Turnhout, 2014.
Panache, Antwerp, 2015.
Bielefelder Kunstverein, 2015.
Braunschweig University of Arts, 2019.
Museum of Contemporary Art, M HKA, Antwerp, 2019.

The publication NORMAL — Robert Olson relates to SPEKTRUM*objekt18(portrait).