The low, bulging cast-iron stove was firmly connected to the architecture of the exhibition space by a shiny new tin stovepipe. At the entrance to a gallery whose glazed frontage suggests modern comforts such as central heating, it felt misplaced yet strangely familiar, an object from a distant past. The small, mostly black-and-white, wood-framed photographic prints in Koenraad Dedobbeleer’s exhibition “Images Entertain Thought” similarly played with the gulf between past and present.
Specifically, these images emphasized the gulf between the objects they depict and the long history of the photographic medium itself. The Belgian artist’s true subject is sculpture. His photographs, taken with an analog camera, show aspects of sculptural creation, small still lifes, or three-dimensional scenes that might be stills excerpted from the flux of spatial perception. A bare hand flowing
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