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Published on Aug 24, 2013
http://www.pevernagie.com/;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Pev...https://www.facebook.com/pages/Erik-P... Philosopher Jacques Derrida likes to deconstruct and dismantle written texts. Artist Erik Pevernagie likes to deconstruct visual representations. He establishes links to events and to problems, which people are confronted with, day by day. For the artist, 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. The artist knows, however, that 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 meaning for the phenomena in our daily life. In the spirit and the view of Jacques Derrida, painter Pevernagie deconstructs the visual world and translates it on canvas. He places topics or subjects in a specific context and gives them ambiguous and equivocal contents. As life itself is often indistinct and confusing, he doesn't proceed in a univocal, unilateral way. 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.