Beehives: Green, Wood & Brown - Wood, Ocre, White & Pink - Pink, Green & Blue, 2017
The Ravestijn Gallery presents Scheltens & Abbenes’ bright and colourful series ‘The Workers’. The Dutch artist duo, consisting of photographer Maurice Scheltens (1972) and visual artist Liesbeth Abbenes (1970), show their distinctive still lives: abstract yet compelling, and with a meticulous eye for detail. The works are a mix of studio photographs and images from the series ‘Trailer’, consisting of flowers painted on vans from floral transportation docks, which premiered at Unseen in 2016.
‘The Workers’ consists not only of these almost still lives of painted owers - printed large scale as to make the texture and every trace of use on the vans discernible - but also shows very mundane objects: different tools for gardening, beehives in various colours, a garbage can with layers of chemical paint spilled over its edges. On the photographs, however, the objects are transformed into highly stylised and aesthetic compositions, drawing
attention to the colours and shapes, up to the point the viewer would almost forget their original context, as the play of textures and layers is endlessly fascinating.