abc, 1 2 3
Whereas in previous series the post-war period was prominently present, ABC, 1 2 3 focuses on a more recent era, this of the 60’s – 70’s.
The title refers to the well-known song ABC of Jackson 5 (1970) where structure schemes like the alphabet, music notes and counting are used as models to structure the chaos of feelings and emotions.
Fashion plates, idols, ideals, cultural codes and models, define how we behave and how we shape our life. The boundary where ‘the good example’ converts in unhealthy idolatry or morbid identification, is the exploration area in this series, in which the notion of dependency and approval plays an important part .
The series doesn’t show famous idols (except for Donald Duck) but focuses on everyday role models that we use in our search for development.
From birth to death they guide us in our search for progress and perfection, for goodness and happiness: an ideal state impossible to achieve but advisable to aim for.
The interior paintings in the series affirm the need to control and structure, in order to avoid chaos and to try to understand and evoke feelings of consolation and safety.
Again the conventional image is used to underline its society and behavior confirmed impact in an invisible way.
Through their time-shift (by using the flash-back), looking back into time is a form of structuring . Where in the present, chaos and anecdote rule, time reveals the lines of history.