Foam 3h: Otto Kaan - Works
What do you do when you have just graduated from art
school and you have to set up your own studio, but you cannot
afford any expensive equipment? What if you always work together,
always share everything, but do not have a system? Photographers'
duo Otto Kaan turned this practical problem into an aesthetic
solution. In Foam 3h the duo presents four new projects in the
exhibition Works. Otto Kaan consists of Berend Otto (1985)
and Guus Kaandorp (1986).
Watch the exhibition trailer:
Works is the result of several studies the duo produced
in their studio. The workshop provoked Otto Kaan's curiosity, it
became a space for new discoveries and experiments. Starting point
was the wide range of equipment with which they use as
photographers. They dreamed up new purposes and functions for the
material, which led to surprising combinations and results. The
series is a study into form, which at first sight seems serious,
but turns out to be made with a lot of humour.
In the series Photographic furniture we see their own
designs and made-to-size pieces of furniture made for and
consisting of photographic equipment. Otto Kaan had the designs
produced to professional standards and recorded them afterwards;
the photographic image is the only proof of their functionality. In
the double slide projection Scaffoldings the duo show the
results of their architectural experiments, which they constructed
in their studio to monumental size and measuring up to six meters
high. After recording it, they recycled the material into a new and
complex construction. Flower make-up is a series about
counterweights for tripods, in this case bags of garden pebbles.
Using a simple trick, the function changed from purely practical to
a new and aesthetic one. Reflection screen tests the
viewers' way of seeing and conjures up a sense of alienation, just
like the other series.
The work by Otto Kaan is a manifesto for an alternative way of
seeing. It lets us look at the medium of photography in a new and
different way. First and foremost however it raises questions about
ourselves. Without taking itself too seriously and by putting
things into perspective.
Guus Kaandorp graduated at Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende
Kunsten in Den Haag and Berend Otto graduated at Rietveld in
The book Steigers accompanies the exhibitions which is
published by Centerfold Editions and designed by Xavier Fernández
The exhibition Works by Otto Kaan
can be seen 19 July - 10 September 2013
in Foam. Open daily 10am - 6pm, Thurs/Fri 10am -
9pm. Tickets: € 8,75.