New series of Aaron Vergult will be shown during the exhibition “The Endless Path for the Flow of Current” at NUNC Contemporary, starting from May 26, 2016.
Combining in his work video art and photography (in form of video stills) Aaron Vergult presents his first exhibition, which will subsequently be included in his upcoming book, dedicated to massive record of our contemporary existence, made by surveillance cameras in public and private places in different parts of the world spreading from the United States to New Zealand. Cctv (close-circuit television) cameras have recently become part of our everyday life, whether we are aware of being watched or not - new reality forces us to change our attitude to new safety technologies and devices.
"For the last years I was attracted to the aesthetics of low-resolution images" - Vergult in his works deliberately neglects the exact fixing of what is going on around with the means of traditional photography. He prefers low quality pictures, which are associated with non-staged and true life depiction. Fast reaction, desire to seize the moment, preference to the essence over the aesthetic and qualitative aspect of the picture - these are the main criteria denoting the works of Aaron Vergult. The double effect of being present and observing from aside - are the feelings we experience when looking at the newest series of Vergult.
The image of Edward Hopper's one of the most recognizable paintings of the last century “Nighthawks” involuntarily comes to our mind. It shows a dark deserted street at a late hour with a corner snack bar with large windows, through which several casual visitors can be seen. For a moment, you can imagine that this is also a still from a surveillance camera, located at the adjoining building, so real it seems.
Same tension arises when looking at Vergult’s works. Night scenes with usually no people, immediately give us this pressure that something is about to happen, a million stories may come out of his works.
Image above: © Aaron Vergult, Pool_front_001, Meudon, Ile-De-France, France. Axis. Baryta print mounted on aluminium, 2016. 140 x 105 cm.