John Clarysse explores the boundaries between recognition and alienation. His work is imbued with intriguing ambiguity. The groundwork consists of photographs, film stills, art history references and images from the media and advertising world. While painting, he further manipulates and interprets the images by adding words, quotes, text fragments or logos. As a result, he suggests the original obviousness of the image at hand.
The series ‘Suspicious Landscapes’ references fictitious advertising images. Idealistic mountain landscapes or seascapes give the illusion of a photo album or travel brochure. The red, capitalised text that is added to the center of the canvas refers to commercially and politically slanted slogans. Image and text exist in an unruly relationship against each other.