'Vulnerable Dimensions' is about choices and the challenges we face when making them. Arranged in a series of four, these portraits highlight the individuality of single subject, but each is slightly different from the next. When the viewer is presented with such similar option, working out which is 'best' is a task with no obvious solution.
The process of judgement is further complicated here because each can only be viewed from a right angle, fading to black if seen from any other perspective. As an arrangement the series is an inverse panopticon, obscured in a way that underlines the fugitive nature in which choices often present themselves.
The vehicle that makes this narrative of choice possible is a technical innovation on the medium. Multiple layers of clear high gloss UV epoxy resin and a final one of black acrylic gloss make the print visible only from a certain perspective. As viewer, you are forced to look the portrait right in the eye, resulting in a unique, bewildering viewing experience.
MAGGIE MAURER BY SOFIE MIDDERNACHT & MAARTEN ALEXANDER - VULNERABLE DIMENSIONS II, SERIES I, II, III, III - ALL WORKS IN EDTION OF 5 - 15X20CM, FRAMED 25X30CM IN BLACK ACRYLIC TRAY FRAME
INSTALLATION MADE OF GLASS FRAMED IN LEAD
1/1 EDTION 30X40CM, FRAMED 40X50CM IN BLACK ACRYLIC TRAY FRAME
"The vulnerable portraits of Sofie Middernacht and Maarten Alexander at Ingrid Deuss Gallery, Antwerp: until March 11, 2017
Sofie Middernacht and Maarten Alexander are an artistic duo, with their names already firmly cemented in the world of fashion photography. Currently showing at Antwerp’s Ingrid Deuss Gallery, however, are a series of personal images extracted from a fashion context entitled Vulnerable Dimensions, that explore the choices and challenges we face when making personal decisions. The images are reminiscent of the oil on canvas works of the Belgian masters (featuring the bone structure of model Maggie Mauer) and are totally and utterly exquisite." - Another Magazine
"As a creative power couple, unified by their love for technical and conceptual innovation, Sofie Middernacht and Maarten Alexander join to make an unbeatable artist duo. Well known for their fashion photography the creative pair have announced their exhibition of personal work at Antwerp’s Ingrid Deuss Gallery. Entitled Vulnerable Dimensions, the collection questions the idea of choices and the challenges we face by making them. Producing a series of portraits that can only be viewed from a right angle—fading to black if seen from any other perspective—the pair supplies a fragile and intimate exhibit that forces you to look the portrait right in the eyes “resulting in a unique, bewildering viewing experience.” - Glamcult
"Masters of portrait photography; an awe-inspiring viewing experience" - De Morgen
"Sofie Middernacht & Maarten Alexander's series consists of fragile and intimate portraits that insist on more than one look." - ArtDaily