Scheltens & Abbenes


Trailer, 2016

Photographer Maurice Scheltens and visual artist Liesbeth Abbenes are partners in art and in life. They’ve been busy with commissions from luxury fashion brands such as Maison Martin Margiela, Paco Rabanne, COS, Hermès, and Scholten & Baijings / Arita 2016; editorial work with Fantastic Man, The Gentlewomen, Pin-Up magazine, The Plant and New York Times Magazine; as well as exhibitions at Galliera Musee de la Mode Paris, Foam Amsterdam, Huis Marseille Amsterdam, The Kunsthal in Rotterdam and The Art Institute of Chicago. Seeing their meticulously crafted still lifes, it’s not hard to see why their unique vision is so in demand. This will be their second year at Unseen, having also debuted work in the fair’s opening year.

Their current work, Trailer, may seem like a departure from their usual highly constructed studio images, but these photographs are actually a natural progression from their breakthrough series Cut Out. It’s their endless fascination for floral still life that guided them to florists’ transportation docks and the commercial artwork that adorns the Royal Flora Holland vans. The couple photographed these floral images with the same sense of control (and instinct to draw attention to the overlooked) that’s synonymous with their practice. But this time, they stripped down the found image, through abstraction, to its very essence.

The image seems like a painting on initial viewing, but as the viewer looks closer they will see the photographic layer – textures and traces of use on the van. The images will be printed large-scale to get this multi-layered aspect across. To see Scheltens & Abbenes’s work up close is to peek inside their ‘laboratory of still life’ and see the world through the eyes of true visual scientists.
Trailer #1: Pink Tulip, 2016Trailer #2: White Lillium, 2016Trailer #3: White Calla Lily, 2016Trailer #4: Red Anemone, 2016Trailer #5: Yellow Rosa, 2016Trailer #6: Hybiscus, 2016
Trailer #1: Pink Tulip, 2016
Title: Trailer #1: Pink Tulip, 2016
Print size: 156 x 119 cm / framed 159 x 122,5 cm
Edition of 8 (1AP)
C print, white frame, museum glass