Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
Meessen De Clercq presents a solo project of Belgian artist Benoît Platéus who recently had major shows at WIELS (Brussels) and at Bonner Kunstverein (Bonn).
Platéus’ practice consists of reviewing pre-existing images in which any formal alteration reveals the multiple and possible perceptual dimensions beyond any given and thinkable reality. In some works, the presence of ghostly figures prevails, which despite their vagueness trigger an anamnesis: they keep the secret of something that everyone remembers. His focus on indefiniteness emerges from his own words: “What interests me are transitionary states that allow all possibilities. I like it when things eschew any categorisation, it gives them more presence and singularity.”
His work aims to prevent a classification, particularly in his photographs, where something is shown but never exhaustively revealed. The images interest him for their ability to contain many things in themselves as one can see in the “Jugs” series: these cans, which normally contain the chemicals necessary for developing analogue photos, and therefore originally useful for making visible the reality captured by the camera, become tangible reality themselves. Each jug is a concentrate of all the possible images that could have been.