‘SEEKING THE WHOLE PICTURE’

‘Seeking the whole picture’ is a virtual generated exhibition that presents the work by two artists who investigate how real­i­ties are con­sti­tut­ed through perception. Artists David Van Allen and Thais Verhasselt share a common interest in unconventional fragmented portraits and the manipulation of view-points.

'Assembled Portraits' by David Van Allen translates to a tem­po­ral rather than a phys­i­cal image of life. The work consists of multiple images of a same subject taken from a slightly different angle and time. The fragmented images are only dis­placed in the sequence of time, implicit for the observers to make out that all the pieces belong to one subject. In this photographic series, Van Allen draws beautifully on Postmodern debates related to the limitations of 2D photography; capturing only one moment and a single point of view. By recording, dis­secting and recon­fig­uring sec­tions of a self-portrait into ​‘time slices’, he suggests that most moments are not captured by the gaze of the camera.

Thais Verhasselt is a French photographer and conceptual visual artist. In her practice, she explores themes related to identity’s construction and visual perception. She is interested in how our perception of realities could be manipulated through perspective shifts. She clearly enjoys deceiving the viewers with the use of optical illusions and other perceptive manipulations. With apparent visual references to Cubism, her anamorphic three-dimensional Computer Generated Images are made up of deconstructed images of youngsters appearing in the form of a floating puzzle. The viewers are therefore prompted to become active participants and reassemble the pieces of a puzzle. The visual outcome is suggestive, ambiguous and confrontational creating a deliberate confusion between subject and object.