Darling, it could
have been anywhere
Max Kesteloot assembles film stills
into an enigmatic narrative
By Kate Mothes
The title of Max Kesteloot’s exhibition Darling, it could have been anywhere was inspired by an overhead conversation, reflecting the atmospheric, candid characteristic of his photographs, themselves snippets of time presented enigmatically without context. He works from ten-second digital film captures from early digital cameras, culling stills to frame segments of narrative on canvas. With the eye of a painter, Kesteloot describes the compositions as “things he could have painted,” combining documentation of quotidian moments or happenstances into scenes that invite closer inspection.
All images © Max Kesteloot, courtesy of the artist and Everyday Gallery. Images by Michael Smits.