2000 – 2009 >

Places, Galerie Elisabeth Michitsch, Vienna


On first glance with the work of Nigel Van Wieck we seem to see just what we see. The realistic pictures reveal for us a view of people on a beach, or at work, or involved in recreational activities, or in their domestic surroundings, or in public places. However, as we approach them they lose their unequivocal nature and one begins to ask oneself what is it that we see, or much more if this is everything we see.

Nigel Van Wieck’s pictures are, in spite of — or indeed because of — their realistic form of representation, an unending source of fantasy. Animating stimuli also call for us to discover formal design principles, to create narrative links, to play through different possibilities and at the same time to always shift our perspectives “Reality is much better when it is imagined”, the artist opined on his artistic intentions. But it is only through the elimination of distance, and opening oneself to the work that this new reality is unveiled and begins its delightful play of ambiguities and multiples meanings. For this reason: step a little closer!

—Sylvia Mraz

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