How far can you go in 10 seconds: ‘The distance between you and me’ (Gonzalo Lebrija)
Sometimes all you need is a silly idea. And then take it very seriously. Cause we’ve all done it, haven’t we? Play games with the self timer. Mexican artist Gonzalo Lebrija has made a wonderful series of photographs using the self timer of his camera (in 2008), now on view at Galerie van der Mieden (Antwerp, through May 7). It is called The distance between you and me, and rightly so, because it seems as if you – the viewer – have taken the picture. It seems as if you are looking through the lens, looking at Lebrija disappearing in the distance. The series contains a couple of videos too, unfortunately not on view at Van der Mieden. Lebrija, who once dropped a Cadillac in a lake, or who has been using the shiny surfaces of cars to photograph reflected landscapes or works of art, has already been described as a ‘postmodern Icarus’. I love the playful way he combines elements such as time, beauty, heroism and surrealism. Also on view at Van der Mieden: three works by Mexican artist Artemio.