Koen Theys -  "... two really talented artists that, each in her own way, questions the functioning of the photographic image. For Karolien Chromiak, this led to an extreme abstraction of the image, to a fault of which her photographic work slowly developed into becoming objects in the space. What I find important about these two artists is the fact that they use their function to generate ideas, and not as a purpose in itself. Furthermore they do not handle the image in a sentimental way to collect an easy succes, but, in an intelligent way, they try to answer the question of what can again be an artistic image today "

 

Timo Koren - "..she became aware of how just a small intervention of light changes ones perception, and how this is shaped by her perception specifically. These insights remain crucial in her work. She studied video and photography at the Sint Lucas Academy in Antwerp. During her study, she became fed up with the dogmas of photography, especially when it comes to printing. For her, imperfect lightning and scratched negatives were not necessarily a problem, but rather a useful coincidence that one had to embrace. It lead her to asking the question: ‘Where does the process of making a work of art end?’ Certainly not in the printing process, in which she started to look for new ways to engage with the materiality of photographs. From there, it was not a large step to move to making installations. Still, light, photography and video are present as techniques, but her installations are not defined by it. Rather, she collects objects, makes photographs or videos and by setting this up as an installation in her studio, she looks for ways to disrupt or challenge the viewers’ perception. That is not where it ends for her – that may indeed be when it is exhibited, or even later, in the spectators’ minds. In some cases she works alone, in others she collaborates with sculptor Dennis Ramaekers."

 

João Mourão & Luís Silva - "Light is neither tangible nor material; it cannot be touched. Karolien Chromiak knows this and has been dealing with this impossibility in her artistic practice. Instead of focusing on light itself and its ontological inadequacies, which would most likely prove ineffective, Chromiak works with, and through, the use of light-sensitive media. Her works, which can take a variety of forms, from video to installation and from photography to sculpture, are not necessarily about visual representation, or the documentation of an outside world. Instead, they try to deal with the way light behaves and how it affects one's perception.

Licht is niet tastbaar, noch materieel; het kan niet worden aangeraakt. Karolien Chromiak is zich hiervan bewust en richt zich in haar artistieke praktijk steeds op deze onmogelijkheid. In plaats van zich te concentreren op het licht zelf en de ontologische tekortkomingen ervan, wat waarschijnlijk ineffectief zou blijken, werkt Chromiak met en door middel van lichtgevoelige media. Haar werken kunnen diverse vormen aannemen – van video en installatie tot fotografie en beeldhouwkunst – en gaan niet per se over de visuele representatie of documentatie van een buitenwereld. Wel trachten ze om te gaan met de manier waarop het licht zich gedraagt en hoe het iemands perceptie beïnvloedt."

 

Johan Niewenhuize - Link to article on Trendbeheer

 

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