Artist Blog

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Jeroen Bocken, The Celebrated Remedy for the Cure of Disorder

Jul 16, 2017 - Sjoerd Knibbeler

A month ago I had the honour to be part of the jury for the MA photography graduates of the Royal Academy of Antwerp. Here I discovered the work of Jeroen Bocken, a young Belgian artist. He presented a thoughtfully considered and coherent collection of works under the title The Celebrated Remedy for the Cure of Disorder. Jeroen questions the role of technology as a tool for “evoking an idealist world designed by human calculations and theories.” He is associatively discovering and experimenting his way through a wide range of imaging technology, which for example results in a 3D-rendered image of a linden tree, cloned from a single photographed leaf. Playfully drawing on nature’s tendency for patterns and our talent to recognize those, his photographic works are double takes, often crafted from multiple exposures. So when he then presents you with an almost iconic image of the Austrian Alps – shown digitally on a screen – you have to wonder what intricate technological process might lie behind. That is the moment when Jeroen appears as the boy who cried wolf. Or might he actually be howling himself?