°1970, Neerpelt, Belgium
Gideon Kiefer (°1970, Belgium) truly masters the figurative visual language. This grants him the opportunity to create a world from his unique point of view, filled with intimate and peculiar scenes where a symbiosis is formed by reality and the imaginary. Written personal reflections or side-miniatures are drawn onto the insides of old book covers, which provides his work with a certain tactility while at the same time revealing some of the various stories hidden in each drawing.
Throughout his oeuvre, Kiefer’s work revolved around his own personal memories and more specific, distrust towards the accuracy of these memories. Systematically, this intimate aspect is combined with sociological, political and ecological themes, which are depicted in a rather symbolical manner.
The impendent feeling of doom due to the depletion of natural sources and global warming is very much present in this series as well as it was in previous work. Monumental birds, disproportional bees, vaults inspired by the global seed bank in Spitsbergen, fragile poles supporting excessive dams, white cloths situated in natural surroundings, wrapped up in the wind or supported by poles; waterfalls of which the seeping and oozing of the water enhances the feeling of cataclysm, … These are only a few of the metaphors the artist uses to visualize anxieties towards our contemporary ecological situation.
As a visual architect Kiefer guides the viewer through a web of implicit social-criticism and global Geo-politics, which is becoming clearer as one elongates his pace of looking at the exquisite details visible in each work.