The ongoing series "Frozen Heartbeats" is based on an armed robbery at Evert Bongers' home.
As the starting point for these works, he uses International surveillance camera images. The chilly, rigid and rational movies that are purely meant to capture criminal activities and other unwanted situations are frozen in time and converted into "works of art". The need to exercise control over reality and to transform "evil" into "good" is a common thread in Evert Bongers' work. The power of imagination is liberating and comforting. Evert Bongers himself calls it a quest for compassion.
Inkjet prints, framed, 21x29,7 cm, 2020
"Unmasked" is based on an armed robbery at
Evert Bongers' home.
By experimenting with facial composite sketches of murder suspects, he transforms these drawings in photographic abstractions, in which these suspects come to life.
The abstracted persons appear to have been screened by x-ray machines.
The lines with which these murder suspects are reconstructed and which in the case of enlargement are reminiscent of DNA strands, are a metaphor for the complexity of body and mind.
These abstractions are both liberating and comforting, the unmasked and reconstructed persons are exposed.
Evert Bongers himself calls it a quest for
C-prints, diasec, 100x100 cm, 2020
This series is based on an armed robbery at Evert Bongers home.
By experimenting with low-resolution images, he transforms "real" weapons in an abstraction of lines, shapes and colors, in which the original source is still felt.
These abstractions are liberating, the dissolved materials recreate themselves.
Evert Bongers himself calls it a quest for compassion.
C-prints, diasec, 20x42,75 cm, 2016
Series "313" is inspired by frame 313 of the famous Zapruder film, which shows the fatal shot that killed John F. Kennedy in Dallas on november 22, 1963.
Evert Bongers transformed this iconic and most investigated image ever, in a series of abstract
works, in which he explored the boundaries of digital photography.
His intuitive, creative process and the surprisingly aesthetic results give him a sense of consolation in the awareness that we are mortal.
C-prints, diasec, 30,4x23,7 cm, 2015
"Hallucinations" gives us a glimpse into the mind of Evert Bongers.
He investigates an unknown and fascinating world in which reason has no role.
Bongers is searching for a pure, magical, sometimes religious imagination of the subconscious.
The works are largely determined by signs and lines arising from the spontaneous outbreak of what is going on in his mind.
The dancing camera only follows the spiritual "orders".
Wandering in the soul is an inexhaustible source for Evert Bongers.
C-prints, diasec, 80x120 cm, 2015
In "taboo", Evert Bongers used antique bookpages, with its own traces of time and elements as the basis for his inkjet prints.
The prints depict the classic themes: innocence, religion, sexuality and death.
The confronting images disappear in the poetry of the paper and are being transformed into acceptable memories this way.
The influence of antique paper, with its own past, is consoling and makes us think "outside the circle".
Unique inkjet prints, framed, 40x50 cm, 2015
"Somniorum" is about the loneliness of childhood.
Children seem to be lost in no man's land and disappear in the poetry of the paper.
Memories fade away.
The influence of antique paper, with its own past, is consoling for Evert Bongers.
Unique inkjet prints, framed, 40x50 cm, 2015
Through intuitive experiments with the Mona Lisa, Evert Bongers tries to understand, to conjure and visualize the mystery of it.
All senses and more are on the edge during this experimental journey, but each appearance enhances the mystery.
It seems like she plays with the eagerness and desire of the photographer.
As if she is glad to escape from Da Vinci's straitjacket, as if she wants to dance on the movements of the camera and entrusts herself
This palpable intimacy is enchanting and the artist's fascination is finally rewarded.
C-prints, diasec, 77x53 cm, 2012
It's 1935 when German children are celebrating the rise of Adolf Hitler and the National-Socialism in a found war documentary on the internet.
Evert Bongers used the low-resolution images of this part of the film for his "celebration" series, in which he innocence visibly transforms into guilt, resulting in a dance of death of Hitler with his holocaust victims.
C-prints, dibond, 80x120 cm, 2013
The series "nightscapes" is a tribute of the artist to the silence and poetry of "les paysages nocturnes".
The softness of the dark, with its deep blue tones, gives ultimate space for imagination.
We do not see what we see, but what we feel.
C-prints, diasec, 66,7x50 cm, 2010
With his photoworks in "memento mori", Evert Bongers tries to ward off his fear of death and its
incomprehensibility, by literally halting the process of decay and disappearance, while simultaneously evoking the mysterious atmosphere of the transitional area between life and death.
The direct inspiration for the creation of these works was the terminal disease and the inevitable death of his mother.
Unique gelatin silver prints, framed, 40x50 cm, 1992
Original, hand signed inkjet prints (9) on acid free van Gogh pastel paper.
Information about the artist and his work is included in the book, as well as a certificate of authenticity.
Evert Bongers (1957 Stein, the Netherlands)
lives in Maastricht.
After completing his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht, he worked several years as a photographer for art institutions and galleries.
He makes, among others, reports of: Marlene Dumas, Bertrand Lavier, Martin Kippenberger, A.R. Penck, William Wegman, Christian Boltanski and Mimmo Paladino.
Bongers develops more and more as an art photographer, wins prizes and begins to exhibit his work nationally and internationally.
Besides that, he works in the eighties and nineties on projects for Stuyvesant in Cuba, Ballantines whisky in Scotland and Philips
Lighting in the Netherlands.
In recent years, he mainly focuses on art photography.
Evert Bongers signs in 2012 a 5 year contract with gallery Photology, resulting in exhibitions, together with: Vic Muniz, Martin Parr, Elisabetta Benassi, Andrea Jemolo, Mario Cresci, Davide Bramante, Matthew Pillsbury and Yasumasa Morimura.
1976 - 1980 Academy of Fine Arts, Maastricht
Finalist Art Takes Soho
Honorable mention The Family of Man
Finalist Art Takes Paris
Honorable mention The Lucie Awards, New York
Nominee Noortman Art Prize, Maastricht
First prize Los Angeles Art Competition
Merit Award Current Works, Kansas City
Finalist Focus International Event, San Francisco
Finalist Ferguson Award, San Francisco
Finalist New York Art Competition
Honorable mention Zagreb Photo Awards
2019 - PCNW, Innovation at the Intersection of Science, Technology and Photography, Seattle
2018 - Art Basel Scope Miami, Miami
2018 - Art Takes Soho, New York City
2017 - PCNW 21st juried (Sandra Phillips, curator emeritus, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) exhibition
2016 - Gallery S&H de Buck, Ghent
2015 - Gallery Géraldine Banier, Paris
2014 - Times Square show, New York City
2013 - Art Takes Paris, Paris
2013 - Gallery Photology, Noto
2012 - Gallery Photology, Milan
2011 - OLV basiliek, Maastricht
2010 - Het Stadslab, Sittard
2008 - De Timmerfabriek, Maastricht
2006 - Art Festival, Maastricht
2005 - Los Angeles Art Fair
2004 - Art festival, Maastricht
2000 - SCP, Kansas City
1999 - De Vishal, Haarlem
1998 - Photo Festival, Naarden
1996 - Theatre, Beek
1995 - Center for Photographic Art, Carmel
1993 - AHA gallery, Maastricht
1992 - Art 54 gallery, New York City
1991 - Museum Den Tempel, Sittard
1990 - Travelling exhibition, Europe
1989 - Close-Up gallery, Antwerp
1988 - International Photo Exhibition, Zagreb
1988 - Art Center Oranjerie, Roermond
1987 - Photo Festival, Amsterdam
1986 - AHA gallery, Maastricht
1985 - Art Center Hanenhof, Geleen
1985 - Trajecta Contemporary Art, Maastricht
1984 - Trajecta Contemporary Art, Maastricht
1983 - Library, Maastricht
1982 - Terborg Castle
1981 - Art Academy gallery, Maastricht
Several private collections, Europe, USA
Dream Line, Maasmechelen
Chamber of Commerce, Maastricht
Euro Graphics Center, Beek
Walram College, Sittard
S.B.K. De Nobelaer
Zagreb Photo Awards
Art Photography Belgium
Best of 2009 Photography Anthology