Ivan Binet

Déry Bridge

2008
For this series, Ivan Binet photographically recreated the paintings of Cornelius Krieghoff. The artist's capacity to find the same spots Krieghoff stood to compose his works, to render the same lighting and atmospheric effects, as well as similar fauna growth, is nothing short of miraculous. But on second glance, this amazing accord between painting and photograph appears too serendipitous. How did Binet so precisely capture Krieghoffian storm clouds complete with blustered tree? The artist gladly plays on viewer expectation that the photographer record, rather than fabricate scenes. Gathering dozens of shots to compose his images, he digitally inserts or removes rocks, compresses mountains, lightens or darkens scenes, crops and transforms subject matter to match Krieghoff’s rendering of the landscape. Thus, he mimics the master painter himself who created different renditions of a scene, adding and deleting elements to suit his clients' tastes.
Artist
Title
Déry Bridge
Date
2008
Medium
Photograph
Materials
ink jet print
Dimensions
89.4 x 131 cm; image: 74.7 x 108.5 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2009
Accession number
2009.61