Eight years following the publication of Peter De Potter’s first book THE VANITY OF CERTAIN FLOWERS (sold out in four days!), and one month after the publication of the first issue of the fanzine PETER DE POTTER INDEX #1: STRAIGHT EDGE VARIATIONS (sold out in one week!), Visual Art Services presented the fifth book by Peter De Potter in July. What can we tell you – sold out. But we would still very much like to present you a preview of the sought-after issue here on GoSee. De Potter has been observing the development of visual culture since the beginning in social media.
RING LIGHT NEW TESTAMENT: NEW BOOK BY PETER DE POTTER
Visual Art Services: “The new book by Belgian artist Peter De Potter is about the performative body. With contemporary visual culture as a constant context to frame De Potter’s work, this volume contemplates and grasps the way the current generation represents itself on platforms like TikTok and Onlyfans. In the realm of socials, everyone is performing – and everyone is decidedly in on the act. The performance itself has turned into a complex yet universal language creators and viewers alike speak, decode and use.
In this book, De Potter conjures a series of micro-actions and situations, blurring the line between staging and documentation.
His cast, isolated in abstracted stripped-down interiors, interacts with specific objects, some heavy with symbolism (a scythe representing harvest as well as death and war), while more mundane objects (a motorcycle tire, folding rulers, a pair of army overalls or a gaming chair) are used as props to perform puzzling, slightly absurdist scenes. Everyone is pictured mid-action, absorbed in the ongoings – it’s unclear whether the viewer witnesses spontaneous or instructed gestures.
The body here is the main communicator, unabashed and free. Conscious of being documented and critically aware of the referential power it holds over the very image in which it’s being featured.”
And the photographer on the book : “Most of my posts and most of my work are about the way people present themselves. For me, the new chapter is with platforms like TikTok and OnlyFans, where subjects go way beyond merely presenting themselves and telling you a story. They’re really performing.”
RING LIGHT NEW TESTAMENT is a tribute, a fascination.
256 pages, 24 x28.5 X 4 cm, sewn-bound hardcover, edition of 450,
published by visual art services & peter de potter
July 2023, €60.00, ISBN 9789082587722