Marcel van der Vlugt portrays flowers the same way he depicts people. Each flower has a very define presence and a character. This character is not always parallel to the mythological symbol the flower is usually given, but to a symbol Van der Vlugt awards each flower him self. After modest and melancholic callas, we discover seductive roses, rotten peonies, nostalgic dahlias, devastated tulips, dead poppies and naughty anthuriums. The same flower makes us almost embarrassed to look on one photo, forget everything we believe in, on another, and pray and worship it on a next one. The photographer gently plays with the most ephemeral creations by sometimes combining them with models, or simply by carefully documenting their short lives. A story Van der Vlugt is methodically and virtuously telling with Buds is the story of love and death, the oldest story on Earth, which literally blossomed from buds.
Marcel van der Vlugt (1957) is an international well-known photographer who has explored the theme of beauty in many series and often in a literal way. His work has been published widely and exhibited in Fotomuseum Den Haag, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Fotomuseum Winterthur and Louis Vuitton, Tokyo. Book publications: Beauty and Other Secrets (2007), A New Day (2007) and Rejects (2008).
In België kennen we Van der Vlugt reeds van een samenwerking met Ingrid Deuss en Les Hommes voor het project A Beauty Case in 2011. En onlangs was ook een werk te zien in de groepstentoonstelling Capita Selecta in het Broelmuseum in Kortrijk
Locatie: Ingrid Deuss Gallery, Provinciestraat 11, 2018 Antwerpen, België