Han Hoogerbrugge – Born/Dead

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Han Hoogerbrugge

In voorbereiding: kunstenaarsboek/kunstwerk gebaseerd op Han Hoogerbrugge’s Facebook installatie Born/Dead. 365 pagina’s (plus nog wat) vuistdik gebonden full colour drukwerk. Verschijnt als eerste editie in een oplage van 5 plus 2 AP

Over Born/Dead:

Hoogerbrugge’s Facebook installation featured a new Born/Dead diptych every day for 365 days. A Born/Dead diptych consists of pairs of people who were either born or died on the date of the post. The person who was born is on left, the one who died on the right.

Hoogerbrugge looks for images that complement each other artistically, and often people who have nothing in common suddenly seem as if they belong together. Some people died on the same day of the month they were born – naturally, this appealed to Hoogerbrugge’s penchant for the macabre, and of course they are paired with themselves.

This medium enables Hoogerbrugge to indulge in his addiction to publishing something every day (as he has done ceaselessly since Modern Living3), creating works without a specific purpose, flexing his creativity and exploring new territories. His only goal is to create 365 pairs, and as research, it can produce surprising results.

Who, for example, would have imagined that Dutch ‘prime minister’ Mark Rutte was born on the same day that Dolly, the world’s first cloned sheep died?

Obviously the years differ. Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, was born on the same day that Boris Karloff died, and that luscious, living ironing board Paris Hilton was born on the day the famous Apache chief, Geronimo, died (I wonder if the Skull and Bones Society will grave rob her skull for their collection?).

In a way, the Facebook installation can also be seen yet another as a variation on the self-portrait – the attributes and objects an artist chooses to include in a self-representation always convey something that the artist wants to reveal about him or herself. But it’s probably best to forget this while viewing Born/Dead.

(Based on text Mark Poysden)

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