Maurice van Tellingen depicts the man-made environment. In his representation of a manhole cover, an apparently unused attic space and backyards surrounded by concrete fences, he concentrates our field of vision. All this takes shape in reliefs: embossed representations, literally and figuratively. There is depth, but more so than the object actually measures. In a desolate parking lot with a few thin lampposts, we recognise the light sources and we simply accept the shadows and illuminated places. Everything seems to be in fine order, but there’s something not quite right. Seventeenth-century artists already seduced us with a phenomenon called “trompe-l’oeil”: an optical illusion.
The origin of the works can be found in the personal history of the artist. He has seen them from his early childhood on: the sidewalk tiles, the white caravan, the grid of bricks and cement. In these objects he makes his countless random observations absolute and universal.www.mauricevantellingen.nl