Studio Renate Boere
19 x 33.5 cm
Dutch | English
Translation: Willem Jan Gasille
To view Crossing please visit www.fransvanlent.nl
An artist book with 16 stills of the film Crossing (2009)| by artist Frans van Lent.
The essay text ' A Crossing in Five Stages' by Lucette ter Borg is wrapped around the book.
'Twilight rules in this forest. Alder trees, oak and chestnut filter the light falling from a clear blue sky. Ferns, shrubs, fallen branches, moss and grass absorb the little sunlight that finds its way through the foliage to the ground. […] Visual artist Frans van Lent (1955) chose this forest and this road as the scenery of the 32 minutes film Crossing (2009) about a car, an observer and a man crossing the narrow road.' - Lucette ter Borg
'No other philosopher than Albert Einstein has been of greater importance to twentieth century conceptual art and its discourse. From Marcel Duchamp to Jan Dibbets, from Stanley Brouwn to Frans van Lent – all have been influenced, either consciously or unconsciously, by Einstein's relativity theory. In his theory Einstein explains that the meaning we give to an object, situation or human being, depends on the position we take ourselves. With that, everything becomes relative, but certainly not irrational. Crossing, too, is about relativity: of the position of the man on the road, of the way the camera records this position and of the swerving of the car to pass the man. These are the three main characters in Crossing, three positions. Around these positions, the world moves without change: the forest, the cows, the almost empty road, the farmhouses, the blue sky. Time passes, the man shifts positions and with that his place in the world and my way of looking at it.' - Lucette ter Borg