Bruno V. Roels - Banana Cup #1, 2021

Bruno V. Roels

PARADIS À VENDRE

11/09/2021

06/11/2021

Gallery FIFTY ONE

Opening: Saturday, September 11th 2021 from 2 – 6 pm, in the presence of the artist!

In his fourth solo show at Gallery FIFTY ONE, Bruno V. Roels shows more of the playground he’s built for himself. His practice is still grounded in the possibilities of the analogue photographic process. New, however, is the fact that he allows his other interests (language, modern art in general, semiotics…) to pop up.

On view in the gallery are not just compositions of gelatin silver photographs, but also posters, post cards, jigsaw puzzles and even a vitreous enamel sign. For Roels, it all points towards a single idea: everything is a text.

But if everything is a text, and if his work can be read, what is Roels trying to tell us?  In his words: “Paradise is just around the corner, but we’ll never reach it”. Sure, we busy ourselves looking for paradise, but in the end it’s an unsustainable concept.

Read the full press release here.

View a full overview of the exhibited works here.

Bruno V. Roels - Peñón Del Cuervo, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Peñón Del Cuervo, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree (Fugue), 2021
Bruno V. Roels - A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree (Fugue), 2021
Bruno V. Roels exhibition
Bruno V. Roels - Sometimes My Arms Bend Back, 2021
Bruno V. Roels exhibition
Bruno V. Roels - Put Como On The Cover, 2021

Bruno V. Roels

Bruno Roels divides his time between writing and photographing. He considers the act of printing (turning a photograph into a tangible object) as important as the act of photographing itself. He photographs almost nonstop, documenting his entire life, building a sizable archive. In his dark room he uses that archive to explore the analogue photographic process. Rather than trying to make ‘the perfect gelatin silver print’ he assumes that all prints are perfect and gives all variations equal attention.

He’s looking for poetry, and photographic truth, in sequences and fluctuations. Details in his photographs may become lead motives in bigger compositions, and obvious subject matter is reduced to abstract information through numerous reiterations.

Bruno V. Roels -Fake Billboards (Looking For Paradise?) #5, 2020
Bruno V. Roels - A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree (Palmographs #1)
Bruno V. Roels - A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree (Palmographs #1), 2019
Getting away from the tyranny of viewfinders

The American conceptual artist Baldessari warned against the “tyranny of camera viewfinders and rectangular boxes of enlarging papers”. He had a valid point; a lot of photography is defined by the camera used, the film (or technology) in that camera, and the paper the photographs are printed on. Bruno V. Roels was frustrated by this and started researching ways to get more out of the process. Not just to be ‘different’ but to get away from ‘the tyranny’ of normal photography.
Roels found that the very act of developing and printing analogue photography offers endless ways to be free, artistically.

All prints have value

Instead of fussing over making the perfect gelatin silver print, for example, Roels realized that all printed versions of an image have value, and he decided to not show that one perfect print, but all of them, in one composition. Some of his compositions consist of hundreds variations of one single negative, all printed in the dark room.
Photography is a mimetic art, it imitates life. But Roels pushes it further: when printing variants of one image; he creates a mimetic feedback loop. The prints are not just interpretations of a reality, but of themselves as well.

Bruno V. Roels, Fake Billboards (Looking For Paradise?) #3, 2020
Bruno V. Roels, Fake Billboards (Looking For Paradise?) #3, 2020
Bruno V. Roels - Many Moons Ago #1, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Many Moons Ago #1, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Many Moons Ago #2, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Many Moons Ago #2, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Not All Alone Unhappy, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Not All Alone Unhappy, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Looking For Paradise Question Mark, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Looking For Paradise Question Mark, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Nights Weigh Heavy, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Nights Weigh Heavy, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Sometimes My Arms Bend Back, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Sometimes My Arms Bend Back, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Getting Rid Of Palm Trees (Penciling In Negative Space) #2, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Getting Rid Of Palm Trees (Penciling In Negative Space) #2, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Gold Giant #1, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Gold Giant #1, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Gold Giant #3, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Gold Giant #3, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Una Giornata Particolare (Red), 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Una Giornata Particolare (Red), 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Una Giornata Particolare (Blue), 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Una Giornata Particolare (Blue), 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Untitled (Square Of Flowers), 2020
Bruno V. Roels - Untitled (Square Of Flowers), 2020
Bruno V. Roels - Fake Billboards #15, 2018
Bruno V. Roels - Fake Billboards #15, 2018
Bruno V. Roels - A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - 16 Trees, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - 16 Trees, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Fake Billboards (Anomie) #3, 2020
Bruno V. Roels - Fake Billboards (Anomie) #3, 2020
Bruno V. Roels - Ovada For Bruno And Eva, 2020
Bruno V. Roels - Ovada For Bruno And Eva, 2020
Bruno V. Roels - Among The Winds At Play (1), 2019
Bruno V. Roels - Among The Winds At Play (1), 2019
Bruno V. Roels - Explosions Over Calm Seas, 2019
Bruno V. Roels - Explosions Over Calm Seas, 2019
Bruno V. Roels - Palmograph #5, 2019
Bruno V. Roels - Palmograph #5, 2019
Bruno V. Roels - Looking For Dr Buzzard, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - Looking For Dr Buzzard, 2021
Bruno V. Roels - A Guide to Cherry Blossoms (Spring-Autumn), 2019
Bruno V. Roels - A Guide to Cherry Blossoms (Spring-Autumn), 2019
Bruno V. Roels - A Guide To Cherry Blossoms (Lemon Yellow), 2019
Bruno V. Roels - A Guide To Cherry Blossoms (Lemon Yellow), 2019
Bruno V. Roels - La Goulue, 2020
Bruno V. Roels - La Goulue, 2020
Bruno V. Roels - Looking Back In Anger, 2018
Bruno V. Roels - Looking Back In Anger, 2018
Bruno V. Roels - The Pyramids And Palm Trees Test, 2018
Bruno V. Roels - The Pyramids And Palm Trees Test, 2018
Bruno V. Roels - The Pyramids And Palm Trees Test, 2018
Bruno V. Roels - The Pyramids And Palm Trees Test, 2018