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Finding a meaning of Contemporary Art | Bruno V. Roels | Gallery 51

Friday, October 20, 2017

Gallery Fifty-One


by Bruno V. Roels

" Bruno is an image detector. But he’s also a thinker, a questioner."
- in the article of 'The Eye of Photography'

When I visited Gallery Fifty-One for the exhibition of Bruno V. Roels, I noticed that his images were actually a language of his. It was so fun for me to read the illusionary stories he made for each image and each frame. He delivered the stories by repeating same (but different) images in a frame or drawing extra elements - such as dots and lines. 

Why are the images same but different? He uses gelatin silver print. With this analog photographic technique, he modifies the images when they are printed. He often changes tones or erases elements of the images in a subtle yet distinctive way. He expects to see uniquely printed images and place them in a frame as you can see on the pictures right below. 

Then how does he add extra elements on the images? Depending what he wants to talk about through an image, he adds dots, lines, etc. For instance, the first image you see right below of this phrase was a picture of palm trees. However, by drawing 3 lines which now looks like a pyramid for us and adding some water drops on the picture, this image became a totally different art piece. It is not a picture of ordinary palm trees anymore. Most importantly, it now tells the illusionary story. 


The norm became a distinctive feature of his images. Therefore, we are not staring at one object in each image but we see an entire story of the individual image. From this exhibition, I reflected on how I have understood contemporary arts. 

The exhibition was very short but I am still dwelling on his artistic values. 

If you are planning to go to the exhibition of Bruno V. Roels, I recommend you to go to an exhibition of one of his inspirations too. It is situated right next door of Gallery Fifty One. The gallery is called  'Gallery Fifty One Too' and they are exposing great work of Masao Yamamoto. Both of the exhibitions are available to visit until 4th of November 2017. It will be fun if you compare two artists' techniques and styles. Besides, you can also think about how Yamamoto influenced Roels in the photographic and artistic way.


Zirkstraat 20
2000 Antwerp-Belgium
T: +32(0)3 289 84 58
F: +32(0)3 289 84 59

Opening hours: Tuesday until Saturday from 1-6 pm and by appointment


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