Back Chamber (Richter scale)

About this work

The equipment shown in the middle of the room is a seismograph, a device that quantifies the magnitude of an earthquake according to the Richter scale. The Richter scale, developed in the 1930’s, is a base-10 logarithmic scale, which defines magnitude as the logarithm of the ratio of the amplitude of the seismic waves to an arbitrary, minor amplitude. “Richter” also refers to the work of contemporary artist Gerhard Richter – best known for his “blurred” images – who was classically trained as a painter just like Tom. Following Gerhard Richter’s example, Tom succeeds in producing a “blurred” collage by using different layers of black and white. Unlike most of his collages which are very smooth, almost perfect images, this collage is the magnificent result of an artistic experiment. In the words of the artist: “creating this work was a real challenge both at the level of the image and at the Richter scale”.


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  • Medium : Collage in lightbox
  • Dimension : 56 cm x 60 cm x 20 cm D
  • Year : 2011
  • Edition : Unique piece
  • Authenticity : Authentication certificate signed by artist

Tom Woestenborghs

Tom Woestenborghs (°1978, Belgian, based near Antwerp, BE) is not afraid to criticize society in his work. Classically trained as a painter, he soon found himself fascinated by the dimensions of human space and human nature’s sense of movement within a digitized environment. At the beginning of his career Tom mainly built installations and focused on videos portraying humans “lost in space” confronted with their own behavior. Later on, around 2010, he developed his signature work: collages in light boxes – initially black and white and later in color – and digital prints. The light box collages are in fact powerful paintings, only, without paint. Painstakingly composed of dozens of meters of scotch tape, tirelessly placed one layer after another by the artist. Every work a pièce unique, including the prints, which are all produced in single editions. Tom has participated in many group and solo exhibitions both in Belgium and abroad. Tom is represented by Frank Taal art gallery in Rotterdam, NL.

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