In the Netherlands where the surrealist spirit never more than flickered, many contemporary Dutch artists use the precise descriptive capabilities of photography to investigate the fertile landscape of the imagination. Amsterdam's Winifred Evers has been making staged photographs for a number of years and is among the growing number of European artists using photography to pursue combinations of fantasy, illusion, and form. Evers continued to expand his contribution to this genre during his residency at Light Work in September, 1988.
At first glance his photographs appear completely abstract lacking perspective, horizon, point of view, or familiar objects and places; traits usually associated with photographic representation. Upon closer inspection not only are most of these familiar nomenclatures present, they are the subject of his work. He records, in fine detail, the structure of chairs, the texture of crumpled foil, the framework of folded paper, and the simple forms of familiar household objects.
Evers images are created in the camera using precise measurements and intricate masking techniques. This aspect of his work reinforced the precision of the photographic process and creates a tension between space, volume, plane and perspective heightening the relationship between the image and the reality it portrays. Evers engages the audience with the eloquent complexity of his images by portraying ordinary objects in extraordinary arrangements. He allows photography's strength of precise description to serve his sense of fantasy and abstraction, opening the doors of imagination while resting at the portals of substance.