Black&White Dreams of Cesare, a 23 year old somnambulist
( silkscreen, 50/70 cm, edition of 7; 2010 )
Colin Waeghe's work is occuring somewhere between the physical and the mental realm, the actual and the imaginary. During his stay at the Frans Masereel Center Waeghe designed a series of black & white posters in silkscreen print for films that will never be made. The images are based on digital constructions of photographic and graphic elements such as pictures of friends, interiors, backgrounds and fantastical film titles. Together with this he made a series of oil paintings on the same subject.
With these fictive film posters a specific narrative is envisioned through assembling diverse elements such as autobiographical characters, scifi, fantasy, architecture and text. Waeghe's imagery invokes nostalgic depictions inspired by African fifties' filmposters set in higly stylized and uncanny surroundings reminiscent of Italian exploitation films from the seventies.
A series of ten graphic works was bound into a hand-made limited editioned artists' book entitled 'Black and white Dreams of Cesare, a 23 year old Somnambulist'. These new works mark a turning point in Waeghe's artistic practice in which a more thematically fragmented approach evolved into a higly imaginative and concentrated narrative span.
( Laurence Dujardyn )