Geert Goiris

geert-goiris-mirror-2015-tableau
Mirror, 2015, 27 ½ x 21 5/8 in
exhibition view, Fight or Flight, Frac Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-Lès-Rouen 2016
exhibition view, Fight or Flight, Frac Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-Lès-Rouen 2016
exhibition view, Grace of Intention, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, 2015
exhibition view, Grace of Intention, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, 2015
geert goiris tableau galerie art concept parrot 2016
Parrot, 2016, 23 5/8 x 19 5/8 in
Futuro, 2002, lambda print, 100 x 120 cm, 40 x 47 in, edition of 5 + 1 ap
Futuro, 2002, lambda print, 100 x 120 cm, 40 x 47 in, edition of 5 + 1 ap
Tatra, 1999, lambda print, 100 x 120 cm, 39 3/8 x 47 1/4 in, edition of 4
Tatra, 1999, lambda print, 100 x 120 cm, 39 3/8 x 47 1/4 in, edition of 4
Abyss, 2000, lambda print, 100 x 130 cm, 39 3/8 x 51 1/8 in, collection NMNM, Monaco
Abyss, 2000, lambda print, 100 x 130 cm, 39 3/8 x 51 1/8 in, collection NMNM, Monaco
Exhibition view, Darkcloud, Art : Concept, 2012
Exhibition view, Darkcloud, Art : Concept, 2012
Exhibition view, Darkcloud, Art : Concept, 2012
Exhibition view, Darkcloud, Art : Concept, 2012
Fragment 11, 2012, impression jet d’encre archival, archival inkjet print, 125 x 100 cm, 49 1/4 x 39 3/8 in., ed 1/5 + 1 ap
Fragment 11, 2012, impression jet d’encre archival, archival inkjet print, 125 x 100 cm, 49 1/4 x 39 3/8 in., ed 1/5 + 1 ap
Peak, 2014, archival pigment print, 184 x 140 cm, 72 1/2 x 55 1/8 in, edition of 5 + 1ap
Peak, 2014, archival pigment print, 184 x 140 cm, 72 1/2 x 55 1/8 in, edition of 5 + 1ap
Watchman, 2014, archival pigment print, 101 x 80 cm, 39 1/4 x 31 1/2 in, edition of 5 + 1ap
Watchman, 2014, archival pigment print, 101 x 80 cm, 39 1/4 x 31 1/2 in, edition of 5 + 1ap
Exhibition view, Triennale du Valais, Barrage de Mauvoisin et Musée de Bagnes, 2014
Exhibition view, Triennale du Valais, Barrage de Mauvoisin et Musée de Bagnes, 2014
Exhibition view, Triennale du Valais, Barrage de Mauvoisin et Musée de Bagnes, 2014
Exhibition view, Triennale du Valais, Barrage de Mauvoisin et Musée de Bagnes, 2014

CURRENT/UPCOMING:
• The Still Point of the Turning World – Between Film and Photography, FOMU, Antwerp/BE (23.06-01.09)
• Regards photographiques, La Chambre, Strasbourg/FR (28.04-11.06)

Geert Goiris (°1971) is interested in capturing those places and moments where our sense of reality becomes uncertain. His images present us a strangely familiar world, at the same time convincingly real and unfathomably fantastic. Often, he puts up his camera in far flung places or tries to capture odd meteorological phenomena, but even when he stays close at home, he always looks for the unknown in the known. The strange, uncanny effect of his images, however, can not entirely be explained by his predilection for eccentric topics; it as much the result of the way he uses the photographic apparatus. He predominantly uses a large format camera, equipped with special film (orthochromatic, aerial or infrared). His preferred moment of shooting is during the twilight hours, when dusk sets in and the light starts to become unreliable. His working method is based on a mixture of preparation and chance: the large format camera requires precise handling, but during the long exposure times anything can happen and how the film will translate the subject into an image remains somewhat unpredictable. The camera is never a mere conduit through which we, humans, can connect visually with the world out there, but a tool to explore the difference between our ‘experience’ of it and truly ‘seeing’ it for what it is. Together with Jean Baudrillard, Goiris seems to understand that the camera is on the side of the world, giving us a glimpse of what it looks like stripped from any human projection or interference. Photography gives us the world as an alien body. Here, the sublime arises not from the terrifying grandeur of the site or through the looming disaster that we seem to discern in the silent landscape. It is a result of the distinct feeling of being shut out of any reasonable connection to the world.
-Steven Humblet

His work is present, among others, by the following institutions: Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Museum of photography, Antwerp; Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Spain; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris; Direction des Affaires culturelles de la Ville de Paris.
Exhibitions : DARKCLOUD, Art : Concept, Paris (8.09-13.10); Whiteout and other stories, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Le Silence. Une fiction, Villa Paloma, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (curator: Simone Menegoi); Fresh Hell, Carte Blanche à Adam McEwen, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Geert Goiris. Lying Awake

Roma Publications, Amsterdam, 2013

Geert Goiris, Prolifération

Roma publications, Amsterdam, 2014