Ruud van Empel: Beetles+Huxley in London

Ruud van Empel: Beetles+Huxley in London
International Photography Grant 2019

Beetles+Huxley are delighted to introduce to London the strange and wonderful world of Ruud van Empel, one of the most innovative and influential photographers working today.

Van Empel’s pioneering techniques have completely changed the face of digital photography. Using a vast library of digital body parts, fabrics and foliage, van Empel creates dream-like photographic utopias, where nothing is exactly as it seems. Each figure is a hybrid; resulting from his painstaking synthesis of hundreds of diverse fragments taken from his own photographs. Eyes, noses and lips are collaged together to create the highly polished new human forms that inhabit his images. The process is painstaking: a single work can take up to three months to complete. The colours and textures are individually altered, and each setting digitally staged. Van Empel uses photoshop to utterly transform reality, and turn it into something at once alluring and unsettling.

Ruud van Empel
02/06/2015 – 27/06/2015

Beetles+Huxley
3-5 Swallow Street
London
W1B 4DE
United Kingdom
www.beetlesandhuxley.com

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