Jean-Marc Spaans

Amsterdam, 1967

Jean Marc Spaans's work has been described as painting with light. That is literally true. Deliberately choosing a long exposure time, Spaans draws trails through space with coloured neon tubes. The trails of light which he draws take the form of geometric patterns and architecture. His camera can capture multiple movements, and at the same time records of Spaans's actions. In this way the process of creation becomes inseparably a part of the end product, the photograph. That is of the utmost importance for Spaans. What he is interested in is the tension between the illusory image (the light) and the objective record (the action) within a certain period of time.

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