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ROLMODELLEN
Painting × Photography

March 5 to May 28, 2009

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o.T., 06/A3, 2006
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm

From March 5 to May 28, 2009, Hilaneh von Kories Gallery in Hamburg will present “Rolmodellen“ (“Role Models“), an exhibit with images by Schilte & Portielje. The Dutch couple creates a universe of black and white pictures with solitary and sometimes distant looking figures in the center. Their likenesses could easily be interpreted as the result of a process used in the days of analogue photography. But these bodies, mainly women with peculiar contorted, idiosyncratic extremities and elaborate Haute-Couture style clothes, actually reveal something else. They are willfully andartfully constructed.

Jacqueline Portielje, who studied painting, and Huub Schilte, an architect by training, met in 1975 and have inspired each other ever since. They started to collaborate under the name Schilte & Portielje in 1997, three years after they had started to explore computers as a resource for artistic expression. They discovered more than just a digital dark room: a tool box to work on photogra phic images like a sketch artist or a painter would do.

The results are digital collages based on a long and complex work flow. It usually starts with a selection of scraps from a large image bank, which become the critical segments for sometimes small, sometimes large compositions. During the process of drawing, painting, of adding and subtracting, new possibilities and ideas are generated. Still, the work is mainly based on the intuitive qualities the two artists have honed over the years. There are no rules.

Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/A16, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
o.T., 07/A16
o.T., 07/A16
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/A9, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
o.T., 07/A9
o.T., 07/A9
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/A6, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
o.T., 07/A6
o.T., 07/A6
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 08/A3, 2008
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
o.T., 08/A3
o.T., 08/A3
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 08/A5, 2008
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
o.T., 08/A5
o.T., 08/A5

One of the distinct aspects of their exclusively black and white images, besides the specific treatment of their figures, is the point of view they favor. Many images show backs, sometimes combined with fronts, when legs move into the frame while the upper body is on its way out. A few images harbor a delicate touch of the surreal, if not mythological. Like, for instance, in a picture of woman with an enlarged swan – an allusion to Leda.

The artistry of Schilte & Portielje reflects the world they live in. They deal with basic elements of human life. Since they do not want to point the beholder into a specific direction, the artists do not add titles to their images. It is solely up to the viewer‘s interpretation to take in and absorb these images, which reframe the ongoing dialogue between the art of painting and the art of photography. It does not come as surprise to find that many of the works are finished with a transparent protective varnish.

The exhibit titled “Rolmodellen“ (“Role Models“) presents a selection of large Lambda prints on matte acrylic glass in wooden frames. Smaller images have been printed on Fuji Crystal, transferred to canvas and attached to wooden frames and treated with UV jelly and varnish. A catalogue – “photoworks beyond reality“ – is available. It includes all the images in the exhibit. Huub Schilte and Jacqueline Portielje live in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

More photos from this exhibition

Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 08/A5, 2008
Digital collage on wooden frame, 119 x 142 x 6 cm
Open image gallery
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 08/B2, 2008
Digital collage on wooden frame, 215 x 119 x 5 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/B3, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 215 x 119 x 5 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 05/A1, 2005
Digital collage on wooden frame, 19 x 45 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 05/A2, 2005
Digital collage on wooden frame, 19 x 45 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 05/A3, 2005
Digital collage on wooden frame, 19 x 45 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/B5, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 195 x 119 x 5 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/A2, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/A22, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/A17, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/A8, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/A11, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 08/A9, 2008
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/A5, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/A15, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 08/A7, 2008
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/B2, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 215 x 119 x 5 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 08/A4, 2008
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20x x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/A12, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/A1, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/A21, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 08/A8, 2008
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/A3, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/B6, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 142 x 119 x 5 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/B7, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 142 x 119 x 5 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 06/B1, 2006
Digital collage on wooden frame, 103 x 93 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 06/B3, 2006
Digital collage on wooden frame, 103 x 93 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 06/B3, 2006
Digital collage on wooden frame, 103 x 93 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/B6, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 215 x 119 x 5 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 06/A2, 2006
Digital collage on wooden frame, 27 x 20 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 08/A6, 2008
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/A7, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 07/A14, 2007
Digital collage on wooden frame, 28 x 20 x 4 cm
Schilte & Portielje: o.T., 06/A4, 2006
Digital collage on wooden frame, 27 x 20 x 4 cm

Schilte & Portielje:
ROLMODELLEN
Painting × Photography

March 5 to May 28, 2009
Vernissage: March 5, 2009, 19:00h | Laudatio: Prof. Gerd Fleischmann
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 14:00–19:00h and by appointment

Galerie Hilaneh von Kories
Stresemannstraße 384a (in the courtyard)
22761 Hamburg
Tel: +49 (40) 423 20 10
mail@galeriehilanehvonkories.de
www.galeriehilanehvonkories.de

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