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Teun Hocks [Hardcover]

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Though Dutch artist Teun Hocks--performer, photographer, painter--is widely known and shown around the world, this will be his first English-language book. In it, Hocks plays his signature role, which Janet Koplos describes as "an innocent Everyman in an always strange and often funny world", in scenes that range from burlesque to tragicomic. His lonely Buster Keaton-like persona perseveres through odd and unforgiving environments, struggling to find stable ground in an unstable, even absurd, universe. Life's complications and challenges take the form of impossible Rube Goldbergian contraptions fraught with psychological implications. Each engaging image captures one moment of an implied narrative, triggering questions about how the protagonist ever got himself into such a fix and what in the world will happen next. Hocks begins by sketching out various one-man narratives, and then poses himself in a carefully plotted setup against his own painted backdrop. After photographing the scene, he paints in oil on top of the resulting oversize gelatin silver print. In addition to his painted photographs,Teun Hocks includes drawings, Polaroids and studio shots that illuminate the artist's creative process. The wit, elaborate technique and rich colors of Hocks's images combine to form an irrepressibly original oeuvre.

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Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.1" Width: 9.76" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   1.94 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   Aperture
ISBN  1931788782  
ISBN13  9781931788786  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Janet Koplos, a longtime writer and editor for "Art in America" magazine in New York, recently served as guest editor of "American Craft" magazine. She is author of "Contemporary Japanese Sculpture" and other books.

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Artists, A-Z > General
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Photography > General
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Photography > Photo Essays
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Amazing!  Nov 4, 2006
A long overdue collection of photographs by Teun Hocks. These photographs are playful, witty, and insightful and linger in the imagination for a long time afterwards. Highly recommended!
Hocks rocks  Aug 29, 2006
This store got me the book on Teun Hocks very quickly and in perfect condition. I'd definitely use them again.
Bold colors, startling reflective themes and introspective art: you can't ask for more  Aug 5, 2006
Janet Koplos provides an introductory essay for Teun Hocks, a gathering of photos by Hocks representing the first English-language volume devoted to the Dutch photographer's works. Full-page color images of untitled works display works which blend painting with photography and which present single scene stories often open to viewer interpretation. Bold colors, startling reflective themes and introspective art: you can't ask for more.


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