The creative team of photographer Maurice Scheltens and visual artist Liesbeth Abbenes focuses on still-life photography both as artistic endeavor and communicative medium. Together with studios 2×4 and Lievore Altherr Molina, the Amsterdam-based couple are responsible for the new images of Arper products displayed on this site.
Scheltens & Abbenes work is distinguished by technical refinement and attention to detail coupled with precise compositional clarity. This compositional strength is consistent throughout their oeuvre regardless of subject which ranges from the decadent arrays of flowers and food reminiscent of 17th-century Dutch still life painting to angular modern constructions of contemporary fashion accessories.
Their attention to the perspectival organization of objects, and often the intentional flattening of perspective through careful arrangement and camera position, yields a unique, graphic quality. At first glance the images can seem deceptively simple, but the seemingly two-dimensional organizations quickly yield a delicate sense of interconnection and transformation and an ingenious use of depth and scale.
In 2010 Scheltens & Abbenes turned a fresh eye on the Arper collection. Some images act as expressive, dynamic diagrams of collections and products. They describe design systems, modularity, the diversity of options, and express the ethos inherent in their form. Others evoke the creative potential of products through repetition and multiples or subtle shift in color. The result is a series of remarkable images that accentuate the essential forms and graceful lines that distinguish the Arper aesthetic.
Photo: Maurice Scheltens & Liesbeth Abbenes