Scheltens & Abbenes X Epoi: Separate As One

Photographers Maurice Scheltens & Liesbeth Abbenes did this beautiful art publishing project called ‘Separate As One’, gracefully assigned by Japanese luxury leather goods brand Epoi, and for which I had to honor to deliver the necessary copy. It happened to be inspired by one of my all time favorite artists: Alexander Calder.

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The art photography couple Maurice Scheltens and Liesbeth Abbenes have worked unwaveringly for nearly a decade and a half, carving out their unique identity as image makers. Whether commissioned by brands or magazines their work is persistently autonomous. Only the actual characteristics of the objects in front of their camera are directional for their creative process. Structures, colours, shapes and the nature of the materials used are the key elements in their photographic compositions that play with the eye.

For Epoi Scheltens & Abbenes created a series of six photographic works using the leather parts for Epoi bags to be. Inspired by famous mobiles they allow these parts and their shadows to find their own balance inside the photographic frame, freed from gravity and air circulation. ‘Separate as one’ is an ode the ‘sum of parts’ of great design.

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At their studio in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Scheltens & Abbenes create their photographic work for a choice list of brands including Hermes, Chanel, Balenciaga, Kenzo, Maison Martin Margiela, Uniqlo, Vitra, Pastoe and Arper, as well as for top magazine titles such as Fantastic Man, The Gentlewoman, Pin Up Magazine, Modern Design Review and T Magazine, the New York Times Style Magazine. Although the work is considered applied art as it results from these assignments, many of these series have been shown at prominent galleries and museums around the world, including Three Shadows Gallery in Beijing, Art Institute Chicago, Huis Marseille and Foam in Amsterdam, Kunsthal in Rotterdam and Danziger Gallery in New York.

In Japan Scheltens & Abbenes had exhibitions at Louis Vuitton, Limart and IMA in Tokyo, and they are currently working with Dutch designers Scholten & Baijings on a book for the contemporary porcelain project 2016/, part of the 400th anniversary of Arita Porcelain.

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