1971, The Hague, the Netherlands
Loek Geradts has been working in various photographic and graphic media since his study at Amsterdam’s Gerrit Rietveld Academie. He began by focussing on short films and film installations. Subsequent to his graduation in 2000 he provided camera work for other artists and directors. He created several film installations for theatre projects, which were performed in theatres in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Since then, still images (photography, film stills, found footage) have taken on greater importance, as well as the development to bring projects / photo series together in book form. This process of determining the order, size, paper and placement of photographs in the layout of the book allows him to influence the language, meaning, rhythm and position of each project. The book connects to the narrative caracter of his work and frameworks a project as a whole. Some of the books are bound; the order and so the stories are decided. Other projects are brought together as single pages in a box or folder. Therefor the order and the story are allways changeable. This form is also used as temporarly solution to bring selections of still images together.
Geradt’s work is autonomous; the connotations romantic. At its heart are subjects as identity, consanguinity, physicality, and temporality of excistents ever present. The individual projects interact and form a organic whole, an idiom. Within this aesthetic description, Geradts uses a reflection of his own subjective experience of life and its objective existence.The work speaks its own language; it describes its own reality. The fact all work is made of light is of importance.
There are several long-term projects in his collection of work, of which Objectifiedand Omval, my backyardare examples. Tied to the Earth with Skin and Glueis an ongoing project, consisting of different media; short films, film installations, photography, books, etc. The project researchs his identity / exsistence in relation to consanguinity and time. His grandfather takes in a central position in the whole.
During the last years, the focus was on the production and realisation of his projects. The presentation of work (expositions, book presentations, publications) will be of more importance in the near future.
This website presents a selection of Loek Geradts’ autonomuos work. He also creates work on commission as a photographer / graphic designer.