TZ (Twilight-Zone) en TAF (The Addams Family) (2014)

TZ (Twilight-Zone) en TAF (The Addams Family) (2014) (2014) by Peter Bracke

About the artwork

In Theatre of Magic, Bracke shows images he took with a camera obscura inside pinball machines. TOM is a road show consisting of an installation in which a pinball machine occupies a central place. In addition there are photographs of interiors of what appear to be operas, theaters and cabarets, but also city images that make the viewer dream pseudo-futuristic scenes. The viewer is invited to decide where and how the images have been realized. Since his childhood Bracke has been an avid pinball machine player, and he still participates in major championships.

About the artist

image Peter Bracke °1957, Ghent, Belgium
Peter Bracke lives and works in Ghent -

2006-2011: Academy of Fine Arts Ghent ? Photography
2011-2013: Academy of Fine Arts Ghent? Specialization Photography

Peter Bracke is a Homo ludens - a playful man. In his art works he is looking, in a playful way, for the boundaries between different media. This investigation takes him from painting to video art, and his method goes back to the origins of photography.

He explores the medium of photography in its visual and sculptural aspects. What makes photography different from e.g. painting, and what are their similarities. At this crossroads, he marks his vision. The relationship between the subject and the medium on which a print is made, is important. The texture of unexpected materials leads us away from the exact and brings us into the lure of the exotic.

A quote from the French Nouvelle Vague-cineast Jean-Luc Godard is appropriate here: "Il faut confronter les idées vagues avec des images claires", but to our feeling Peter Bracke turns this idea backwards.
Assuming "idées claires - images vagues" the artist is going to define his ideas in a precise way, and develop a clear message. The images on the other hand remain vague, ethereal and mystical - the viewer can undertake the journey himself and thus remains surprised - his eyes are not directed.

The content is a commitment but also remains sensitive and aesthetical.