Photographs by Popel Coumou.
Van Zoetendaal Gallery,
92 pp., color illustrations throughout, 7½x10".
Dutch artist and photographer Popel Coumou produces images often characterized by grainy textures, stark contrasts and resonant fields of colour. The spaces she depicts seem painted, or drawn from the pages of a graphic novel in a surreal parody of real scenes with illusory visual filters. She makes use of common materials and collage techniques to create imagined spaces where geometrical harmony, flattened shapes and constructed distances speak to the viewer’s sense of emotional tranquillity through both nostalgia and melancholy. Her abstractions result in images that stand out in visual memory, speaking with a clear and powerful postmodern visual language.