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I never thought it would ever happen there.

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"Did not expect it would ever happen there", by Erik Pevernagie,(60 x 80 cm) Oil and metal on canvas.

Philosopher Jacques Derrida, disciple of Martin Heidegger and Edmund Husserl, likes to deconstruct and dismantle written texts. The artist likes to deconstruct visual representations. He establishes links to events and to problems, which people are confronted with, day by day.

Reality is a starting point, not a purpose He deconstructs reality, transforms it into a puzzle and shows a particular interest in details. Truth is in the details. Even the devil is in the detail. He creates an artistic world that hides a "hinterland" of interpretations. Everything is converted in such a way that the viewer looks for clarification. But in order to give explanations, we need definitions.

Definitions and meanings change again and again. He knows that truth and reality are very volatile, indefinite, multi layered and sometimes very paradoxical. For that reason it is very tricky to emit a preset definition or a fixed denotation for the phenomena in our daily life. In the spirit and the view of Jacques Derrida, the visual world is deconstructed and translated on canvas. Topics or subjects are placed in a specific context and given ambiguous and equivocal contents. As life itself is often indistinct and confusing, there is no univocal, unilateral way to proceed. So doing the spectator can engage in interpretations. The passive viewer turns into an active participant and becomes an accomplice of the painter's deconstructions.

The painting is the abstracted countryside with house in red roof, hidden in the setting. It is an abstract scenery from a press release about a horrific murder committed at the spot. Never ever such a dreadful incident in such a peaceful environment would have been held for conceivable. Often the question arises: How many skeletons could remain hidden in so numerous cupboards?

Phenomenon: Closets with skeletons

Factual starting point: House with red roof in abstract landscape