Duratrans in lichtbak / in luminous box, 2017
Courtesy of the artist ©
The images of Lonneke van der Palen originate from an exquisite studio practice. Yet her “studio” can be anywhere: on a trip, on the streets, or in front of a screen. She does not aim to simply document, but rather creates new artificial realities; her images are reduced to their essence, without noise or unnecessary decoration. Although “clean” and flat in character: what remains is a dreamy glance at another world, parallel to ours and just a window away, and simultaneously completely elusive.
This image, of a hand soaked in a mysterious pink substance, has previously been printed in German magazine Der Spiegel in an article about staying young forever. The photographic frame excludes all context: the spectator is left with the luxaflex, the hand, the curious substance, and pastel colours that remind of mysterious film scenes. Not only the hand is the object of study, but so is the discipline itself: the frozen frame, the strange play with foreground and background, and the horizon that repeats itself in the straight blinds – only photography wishes to capture an image with such an obsessive and sharp focus.