In connection with his preference for black-and-white photography, Bob Sebastian refers to ‘the melancholic’ – and even ‘the gloomy’. In his photography he seems to be looking for an increasingly far-reaching abstraction and the images he presents are stripped of their context. The latter particularly enhances the profound, poetic character of his photography. The remarkable thing about his photographic work is that these still images have a ‘reassuring’ as well as a ‘disturbing’ quality and that makes them special.
ALKA Serie on Hahnemuhle fine-art paper and passe partout
Alka was inspired by the work of Kazimir Malevich. The use of geometric forms stood for the promise of pure artistic feeling. Malevich writes:
Art no longer cares to serve the state and religion, it no longer wishes to illustrate the history of manners, it wants to have nothing further to do with the object, as such, and believes, that it can exist, in and for itself, without ‘things’ (that is, the the time-tested well-spring of life).
In other words: Malevich believed that art should not have to answer to anything. It’s standing before us in its own right. Freed from expectations, freed from preconceptions, its only there for us to enjoy.
Just like Malevich did , Alka doesn’t care what other people think either. The designs of Alka think for themself, or rather, feel for themself. You either feel it, or you don’t. Your interpretation serves you right, or it doesn’t. In that case: Alka is not for you.