Unfolded. Photographs by Maurice Scheltens & Liesbeth Abbensmaurice.
Unfolded is a book that can function as an exhibition. The physical experience of walking through the exhibition route has been imitated playfully in the book with renderings, so that readers imagine themselves to be walking through the different rooms of the gallery.
From experiments with a detailed model of the hosting museum, the concept of a book mirroring an exhibition gradually unfolded. To achieve this, individual works were removed from their existing position within a particular series and linked to others from different series to form new groups in rooms. The of the photographs from different origins creates a new fusion between them, regardless of their provenance.
The concept and editing finally led to a process of interaction and cross-fertilization between the arrangement of the exhibition and the structure of the book. In the final analysis, this dual production follows logically from the two artists’ conceptualized approach to photography, whereby their experiments in converting spatial dimensions into a flat surface, in particular, continually set them fresh challenges.
The oeuvre of Scheltens & Abbenes consists of still lifes featuring virtually every kind of tangible material, from folded shirts and fragile flowers to huge furniture constellations that fill entire rooms. The whole working process - from concept to execution – takes place in the studio. With a great feeling for subtle distinctions, the artists produce settings in which objects are constantly being rearranged or assembled into harmonious images.